The union representing provincial civil servants has been ramping up its donations to the New Democratic Party of British Columbia. According to an analysis of those donations, the British Columbia Government and Service Employees' Union contributed $157,770.64 in the year immediately following the 2009 election. That made it the party's biggest union donor in 2010. By comparison, the BCGEU contributed just $10,945 in the year immediately following the 2005 election. In an interview, a spokesperson explained "the union officials who make the contribution wanted to increase some of the assistance to the party" - specifically in the areas of "membership outreach and growing the party." However, the spokesperson stressed the money wasn't specifically earmarked for those purposes. The following is a complete copy of our analysis.
May 5, 2011