Earlier this week, The Tri-City News's Kate Trotter reported Coquitlam First - the provincial Liberal-linked group that ran a slate of seven candidates in the last civic election - hasn't disclosed where the $100,000 it spent on advertising and promotion came from. The reason: because "the Local Government Act does not speciically require it." This, according to an email from local government liason manager Marijke Edmondson to Coquitlam First representative Brian Bonney. In that message, Ms. Edmondson wrote because the slate wasn't registered as an electoral organization "there is no legal requirement to comply with campaign financing rules." And it looks like Mr. Bonney, who also works as a field organizer for the provincial Liberals, wants to keep public pressure from changing those rules. In an email leaked to Public Eye, the scoutmaster encourages supporters to vote "no" in a Tri-City News online poll asking readers "Should the Coquitlam First civic election slate fully disclose the list of contributors to its campaigns last fall?" Hmmm...could it be Mr. Bonney has something to hide? The following is a complete copy of that document, which was sent from his personal email address.
Sent: Mon 27/03/2006 1:17 PM
If you have a second - could you click the link below and vote (I would prefer "no" !)