Speaker: Liberal MLAs’ Proportional Representation Bashing Town Halls Not Appropriate Use of Public Funds
BC, Kamloops, Politics
Monday November 19, 2018
November 19, 2018, KAMLOOPS, BC – Speaker of the House Daryl Plecas gave a written opinion this week that the Town Halls hosted by Liberal MLAs do not meet the threshold for taxpayer funding because they are too partisan. This creates a problem for several MLAs who have been paying for these events out of constituency funds.
Kamloops MLAs Todd Stone and Peter Milobar are among the MLAs who have hosted several public events in the past several months featuring the highly partisan powerpoint presentation against proportional representation prepared by the BC Liberal Party.
This raises several questions.
- How many other events where this presentation was shown have the Kamloops MLAs done?
- Were all those event costs billed to taxpayers? What is the total amount of public funds impacted?
- How many other Liberal MLAs in our province have been doing the same thing?
- What are the BC Liberals going to do about this apparent misuse of public funds?
- Has the advertising for these events been added to record of Liberal referendum advertising expenses for Elections BC?
The presentation included the BC Liberal Party authorization statement on every slide, as well as a call to action to “Join the fight at www.bcliberals.com/noproprep” and an invitation to “Join the Twitter conversation with #PropRep #KeepVotingSimple”.
Click here to see the correspondence between Fair Vote Kamloops and the Speaker of the House (letter to the Speaker requesting clarification on whether the event should be eligible for constituency office funding, as well as the Speaker’s response in the negative).