In a statement, the B.C. Liberals downplayed the Globe and Mail report, saying the donations may have involved a "misunderstanding of the rules around political contributions in BC.Will there be an audit trail so that the correct names of the donors will be held accountable, instead of Jiles and Giraud?
"We are taking immediate steps to ensure all donors understand their legal obligations under the Election Act," said party spokesperson Emile Scheffel in a statement.
Globe and Mail ..... Elections B.C. probes BC Liberal Party fundraising
ElectionsBC FRPC Contributions to the BC Liberal Party from Mark Jiles
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BLUE STONE CONSULTING INC
Byng Giraud (former VP of Imperial Metals)
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Globe and Mail Kathy Tomlinson
Mar. 05, 2017 9:35PM EST
.... Both registered lobbyists acknowledged to The Globe they were actually buying Liberal fundraising tickets on behalf of their clients and companies, then getting reimbursed, which is against the law.“That’s an indirect political contribution and that’s not okay,” said Ms. Western. “You can only make a political contribution with your own money – and you can’t be reimbursed.” ....
.... Mr. Jiles and Mr. Giraud are among the biggest Liberal supporters on a list of 53 frequent donors, compiled by The Globe, who also gave multiple times under their own names. They are all lobbyists, executive directors and others who get paid to act for special interests.The revelations about their funnelled donations come two months before the next B.C. election, which the Liberals will finance with a record $12-million raised by the party last year – much of that through heavily criticized cash for access fundraisers. .....
Kathy Tomlinson reports
With no limits on political donations in B.C., the provincial Liberals raised an astonishing $12-million last year. One alarming source: Lobbyists are giving tens of thousands of dollars in their own name – and some power brokers are breaking one of the few rules the province has in place.
[ Times per year
2017 $ 50 1
2016 $ 1,625 4
2015 $10,542 17
2014 $20,770 24
2013 $ 5,680 9
2012 $ 6,577 13
2011 $18,715 25
2010 $22,600 22
2009 $ 7,895 15
2008 $ 1,740 5
2007 $ 2,353.50 8
2006 $ 1,865 4
2005 $ 2,332 3
Recent Corrections — Amended.
2016 Contributions — Amended (V4).
2017 Contributions — January 13. — Amended.
2017 Contributions — January 20. — Amended.
2017 Contributions — January 27. — Amended.
2017 Contributions — February 3.
2017 Contributions — February 10.
2017 Contributions — February 17.
2017 Contributions — February 24.
2017 Contributions — March 3.
Globe and Mail
Mr. Jiles was a Vancouver-based consultant with a lobbying firm called the Progressive Group and another firm called the Blue Stone Group but did not register as a lobbyist.The Progressive Group was hired in 2006 and 2007 by the State of Washington to find business opportunities related to the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. One of the company’s jobs was to build strong relationships within senior political and Olympic circles. For that, it received nearly $50,000.The Blue Stone Group was retained by the Motion Picture Industry Association of British Columbia between 2005 and 2007 to persuade the provincial government to extend its foreign tax credits and to persuade Ottawa to drop its plan to tax residual profits on motion pictures made in Canada. Mr. Jiles was also paid for those services.
Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying of Canada