The British Columbia New Democratic Party is increasingly reliant on trade union donations, despite an effort by former leader Carole James to distance the party from the labour movement. According to an analysis of Elections British Columbia filings, those contributions accounted for 1.95 and 3.22 percent of the party's total donations in the years immediately following the 2001 and 2005 elections. But, in the year immediately following the 2009 election, that share was 12.57 percent.
In an interview with Public Eye, Vancouver Island University political science professor Allan Warnke speculated the increase could represent a renewed recognition by the trade union movement that the NDP "is our party. And we had better shore up our support for the party."
This is just the most recent example of the connection that continues to exist between the New Democrats and the labour movement - despite a 2005 move to reduce union influence at party conventions. That connection has included providing the NDP with an earmarked donation to bankroll party president Moe Sihota's $75,600 stipend.
The following is a complete copy of our aforementioned analysis.