Earlier, we reported companies owning facilities that emitted 100,000 tonnes or more of greenhouse gases in 2006 donated $1.6 million to the provincial Liberals between 2005 and 2007. Asked for comment, Environmental Defence project manager Matt Price said, "For me it underlines the need to do campaign finance reform in B.C. because it creates the perception among voters that the governing party is being bankrolled by major polluters at a time when they're also supposed to be pursuing a climate agenda."
"Carbon emissions trading is going to become a multi-billion industry over the next decade," he continued. "So you have a very direct financial incentive to write the rules in a certain way" to benefit large greenhouse gas emitters. "And even the appearance of influence by these major polluters over the governing party is something voters don't want."