24 hours columnist Bill Tieleman was one of the leading voices opposing electoral reform during the recent referendum. And, according to financial reports filed with Elections British Columbia, he certainly put his money where his mouth was. Mr. Tieleman, the president of West Star Communications and a former government communications guru, contributed $3,000 in money or services to KNOW STV - the group that agitated against the single-transferable vote system proposed by the citizens' assembly. But he wasn't the only donor.
Jim Inkster, past president of the Northern British Columbia Truckers Association, also contributed $2,000 to KNOW STV. Former Socred Attorney General Bud Smith kicked in $1,400. And ex-deputy minister Bob Plecas donated $1,000. Meanwhile, YES to STV was bankrolled, in part, by a $10,000 cheque from Green Party financier Roy Ball. Societies in favour of changing the way we vote also contributed $11,672.41 - which includes donations from the United Kingdom's Electoral Reform Society and Australia's Proportional Representation Society.