Campaign contributions (again)

Timely article with Polygon and Fairborne on the horizon for approval:

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From the North Shore News (Trevor Lautens) today, quoting in part:

 

Mayor Darrell Mussatto and Coun. Linda Buchanan have been pressured to recuse themselves from voting on motions affecting big developers Pinnacle and Onni. Both – Onni through its parent company RPMG Holdings – donated $5,000 to the Mussatto and Buchanan 2011 election campaigns.

They, and Coun. Craig Keating, newly minted president of the B.C. New Democratic Party, also received donations from the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

Suspicious? Don’t be. Said Mussatto: “… People think that there’s some sort of return favour implied, and that’s just not the case,” and asserted he’d voted against developers who contributed to his cause in earlier campaigns. “I think I’ve been very principled.”

Keating declared: “The implication here of course. .. is that votes at this council table are for sale by campaign donations and that, quite frankly, is incorrect.”

The third councillor, Buchanan, sat silent – maybe because the dastardly insinuation was unworthy of response? All three voted against the motion, moved by Coun. Guy Heywood.

– See more at: http://www.nsnews.com/opinion/columnists/i-come-to-praise-caesar-not-bury-him-1.706304#sthash.F8dTKBKD.dpuf

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One response to “Campaign contributions (again)

  1. Reblogged this on CityHallWatch: Tools to engage in Vancouver city decisions and commented:
    North Vancouver is INSPIRING! Here is a suggestion for Vancouver. Citizens write their favourite members of City Council, asking one specific question: Please provide a list of every development application you voted against, where the applicant had funded you or your civic party. It may be a short list. Related – http://cityhallwatch.wordpress.com/city-hall/six-actions-to-clean-vancouver-politics/.

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