STATEMENT: Adam Olsen on BC Greens Historic Ban on Corporate and Union Donations

Media Statement

Adam Olsen on BC Greens Historic Ban on Corporate and Union Donations

For immediate release
September 28, 2016

Brentwood Bay, BC - Today, Adam Olsen, Deputy Leader of the B.C. Green Party and candidate for Saanich North and the Islands, stood alongside B.C. Green Party leader, Andrew Weaver, in full support of the B.C. Green Party’s policy to put an immediate ban on taking corporate and union donations. Weaver made the announcement during his address to delegates of the Union of B.C. Municipalities in Victoria. Olsen issued the following statement...

“Leadership means doing the right thing. We know we need to rid our politics of corporate and union donations. We know that large organizations buy undue influence and that this is not in the best interests of British Columbians. We also know that most British Columbians agree with us.”

“The B.C. Green Party is leading the way and taking action where others have only opted to pay lip service. It is unacceptable that there are no limits on the amounts, or from whom or what, that can be donated to a political party in B.C. B.C. is the wild west of electoral finance. There is literally nothing preventing Petronas from donating a million dollars to the B.C. Liberals. It is entirely legal under current financing rules.”

“The federal government, Alberta, Manitoba, Quebec and Nova Scotia have all banned corporate and union donations and Ontario is in the process of doing so. Political campaigns should be funded by individuals, not special interests. We aren’t willing to wait on hypothetical promises, so often broken.”

“We are feeling the effect of big money in politics in British Columbia. Roughly 60% of donations to the B.C. Liberal Party in 2015 came from corporations or unions. Decisions in our province should be evidence based and in the interest of British Columbians, not in gratitude for corporate and union financial support.”

“We are seeing large sums being spent currently in my riding of Saanich North and the Islands by the B.C. Liberal candidate. Where is that money coming from?”

“Perhaps most worrisome is the influence that big money has on breeding cynicism and discouraging participation in our democracy. I am proud that my campaign will be funded by individuals, and I am proud of the leadership we are taking. I believe it will inspire British Columbians and show them that B.C. Greens are most interested in doing what is right: working for them."

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Adam Olsen

Stellys Cross Road, Brentwood Bay, BC, V8M 1J7