Earlier, we reported on interim provincial Green leader Christopher Ian "Wonder Boy" Bennett's controversial suggestion his party should reverse its policy against accepting corporate donations. But at least one of those running in the race to replace him thinks that's a bad idea. Speaking with Public Eye, Ben West said, "It's fair to say that I don't think the Green Party needs to change its donation policy...Even the Conservative Party of Canada has changed the laws so no party in Canada can take donations federally from any entity other than an individual. And I think that should be the case in B.C. We're the only party in B.C. that's doing that right now. And I think the rest of them should too."
So does he think it's appropriate for Mr. Bennett to be making such suggestions, given the post he presently holds? "He's got a right to have an opinion. It's a posting on his blog. I think we're a party that doesn't muzzle people. His opinion is his opinion. But the policy of the party needs to be decided by the party membership," Mr. West responded.