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Special prosecutor to help RCMP look into B.C. political donations

RCMP are looking into so-called indirect donations, which violate B.C.’s election laws


 
The Legislature Building is reflected in a puddle as a person walks past in Victoria, B.C., on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. (Chad Hipolito/CP)

The Legislature Building is reflected in a puddle as a person walks past in Victoria, B.C., on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. (Chad Hipolito/CP)

VANCOUVER – A special prosecutor has been appointed to provide legal advice to the RCMP over possible violations of British Columbia’s Elections Act.

A statement from the B.C. Criminal Justice Branch says David Butcher will help the Mounties with legal advice in an investigation into contributions made to B.C.’s political parties.

The appointment announced on Thursday comes just days before the call of a provincial election.

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Butcher will assist police in the investigation into so-called indirect donations, where payments are made by an individual on behalf of an organization, which is a violation of B.C.’s Election Act.

The B.C. Liberal Party said last week that it found 43 indirect political donations worth almost $93,000 and that it planned to reimburse the money.

The party’s Emile Scheffel said personal credit cards were used on behalf of an organization and that money was then paid back by the group they represented.

Earlier this month, an NDP spokesman said the party found two errors amounting to less than $9,000 when in reviewed donations over four years, while four other errors were being repaid or reviewed.

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The Criminal Justice Branch says the RCMP approached assistant deputy attorney general Peter Juk on Monday asking that he consider the appointment of a special prosecutor.

It says Juk concluded the appointment was in the public interest.

The statement says the assistant deputy attorney general will consider appointing a special prosecutor when there is a significant potential for real or perceived improper influence in decision making if charges are considered.

A special prosecutor works independently from the government.


 

Special prosecutor to help RCMP look into B.C. political donations

  1. There is a lot more than these illegal donations going on here. The writ is not dropped yet but Christy is in full election mode. Our TV and Radio stations are saturated with political propaganda ads by the Liberals touting a balanced budget and quoting cuts to the MSP premiums that are not in place yet, just like Harper”s Job Plan Ads a couple of years ago. All these ads are paid by taxpayers. Our auditor general says the ads are too political to be paid by taxpayers but Christy has ignored her. The government added $15 million tax dollars to their advertising budget in December to run these ads. They are also using tax dollars for multi election goodie handouts. Several times a day ministers, surrounded by new liberal candidates, hand out cheques with everything paid by taxpayers. They have given out more than $1 Billion in the past month in goodies, mostly in liberal ridings. They have released 964 press releases in the past quarter, more than the total of the three previous years. The money they get in donations from corporations is being used to make attack ads on the NDP that are now showing up on our media. Harper’s new consulting company has been hired by Christy to run her campaign and this is the result. Christy ignored many, many problems for the past 4 years and is now spending like a drunken sailor in the past month. Much of the money is in one time allocation so does nothing for healthcare or social programs. Welfare rates here have been frozen for 10 years but Christy has no money for that. There is blatant vote buying going on here with tax dollars. There is much more they are doing and one thing for sure is that Christy’s government is the most corrupt in Canada.