The business community's strong public backing for provincial Liberal leadership candidate Kevin Falcon is exposing what appears to be a gap in the province's political campaign finance law. That law requires leadership campaigns to publicly disclose their contributions and expenses, filing a report with Elections British Columbia. But third party groups - such as Falcon 20/20, which is being led by real estate developer Ryan Beedie - have no such requirement during party leadership contests. Falcon 20/20 recently took out a full-page advertisement in The Vancouver Sun in support of Mr. Falcon. It has also rolled out the names of more than 100 business leaders who are backing the former health services minister's leadership bid. The following is a complete copy of that advertisement.
February 1, 2011