When Christy Clark was running for the provincial Liberal leadership, she did so using a chartered plane from one of businessman David McLean's companies, Public Eye has exclusively learned. A spokesperson for the premier has confirmed the use of that plane was recorded as a $23,035 in-kind donation from Blackcomb Aviation LP, which is part of the McLean Group of Companies. Mr. McLean is chair of the group, as well as Canadian National Railway Co. - which was the successful bidder to operate British Columbia Railway Co.
That contribution shows up in Ms. Clark's Elections British Columbia leadership campaign filings, which were released last month. But it wasn't included as part of the voluntary financial disclosure statement she released on February 22, even though $18,799 worth of Blackcomb's billings are listed as having been made before that date.
The premier's spokesperson said that's because only cash contributions were included in the voluntary statement. In-kind donations were tallied at the end of the campaign, which wrapped up on February 26.