Wednesday, April 22, 2015
The Business of Political Fundraising
Times Colonist newspaper tied into BC Liberal Party donations says reader
By Kathy Read, Agassiz
he federal government is not allowed to receive donations from corporations, so, why is our provincial government allowed? It is surely time that rule changed.
Now we know why our local newspapers
won't publish letters from subscribers who are saying things against
the Liberal government and their crooked ways of running this
This is against the laws of our province.
This company does not have any papers in B.C. The kicker is that it is run and partially owned by British Columbian David Radler — the same David Radler who went to jail, alongside his business partner Conrad Black, after they were convicted of defrauding their own company Hollinger Inc.
Alberta Newspaper Group is a subsidiary of Glacier Media, which owns the Victoria Times Colonist. David Radler was named the acting publisher of the Victoria Times Colonist about a year ago. The Colonist is owned by Glacier media and Alberta Newspaper Group is a subsidiary of this company.
The Kelowna Daily Courier and Penticton
Herald are published by Continental Newspapers which is run by David
As newspapers are facing problems and struggling to stay alive, it's makes a person wonder how a newspaper company can afford to pay these amount of money to receive such political favour.
Sadly, this is far from the first time a BC media company has donated to a political party. In 2013, the Vancouver Sun and the Province paper owner, Post Media, donated $10,000 to the BC Liberals. And between 2006 and 2011, Black Press, which owns more than 70 community newspapers in BC, contributed $5,430 to the BC Liberals.
It is no wonder that members of the
public can not get any letter published that goes against the
As Dermod Travis of Integrity BC has
said; "the 2014 Award for Incredibly Bad Taste in donations goes to
Imperial Metals, owners of the Mount Polley mine."
As Dermod said; "The spill may have been
toxic, but Imperial's cash wasn't,"
Companies that transport oil and gas in this province were in like dirty shirts as well with cheques all made out to the Liberal's bank account.
• Kinder Morgan - $4,500
• TransCanada Pipelines $5,600
• Coastal GasLink Pipeline - $12,500
• Enbridge Northern Gateway - $13,450
Woodfibre LNG, gave $28,000 to the Liberals and $8,000 to the B.C. NDP.
This company is proposing a liquefied
natural gas export terminal in Howe Sound. Woodfibre LNG also paid
out more that $18,000 to newspaper and radio ads during the November
2014 Squamish local elections.
Normally this kind of impropriety would have the press in a feeding frenzy, but when the news media are in this up to their eyeballs, they are not going to allow their reporters to scrutinize their own behaviour.
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