British Columbia's new first minister has benefitted enormously from Vancouver Canucks playoff fever. Back in April, she made the front page of The Province under the headline "Jersey Girl; B.C. Premier Christy Clark puts on a Canucks jersey while confidently predicting a Stanley Cup for Vancouver." Since then, Ms. Clark has gotten media coverage for raising the team flag above the legislature and making a friendly Stanley Cup wager with Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. And she always has time to take questions about the playoffs, as the premier did yesterday while leaving caucus. But, over the years, the Canucks have helped the province's governing party in more direct ways. According to Elections British Columbia filings, the team, its present owner Francesco Acquilini and his companies have contributed $618,705 to the BC Liberal Party and its candidates between 2005 and 2010. Of that amount, $25,000 was donated directly to Ms. Clark's leadership campaign. The following is a complete list of those contributions.
June 2, 2011