Gordon Campbell may only be the premier of British Columbia. But, these days, his party is raising more money than the Grits. In 2004 the provincial Liberals received $8.2 million in contributions, with 61 percent coming from the business community. By comparison, Prime Minister Paul Martin's natural and national-governing party took in just $5.2 million thanks to new fundraisings restriction that prevent companies and unions from donating more than $1,000 and individuals from donating from more than $5,000. The provincial Liberal's chief bagman is Dundee Securities Corp. vice-president Chris Owen, the son of former Vancouver mayor Philip Owen and chair of the party's 24-member fundraising committee. A version of this article was originally published in today's edition of 24 hours.
July 6, 2005