VICTORIA (May 28, 2019) – BC Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson introduced legislation today that would ban foreign interference in British Columbia politics.
“The serious issue of foreign money and influence in elections has been making headlines for years now and many countries have taken action,” said Wilkinson. “It’s time for B.C. to firmly protect the integrity of our elections.”
Wilkinson’s bill will prohibit contributions from any foreign person, government, or political organization for any purpose related to an election. It would also see foreign-funded individuals and organizations prohibited from making false or misleading communications for any purpose related to an election in B.C.
“We are already seeing foreign money fund political operatives and campaigns here in British Columbia,” added Wilkinson. “It’s time to take back control and guarantee that political power remains in the hands of British Columbians.”
The proposed bill would also prohibit any individual or organization from collaborating with or accepting funds from foreign entities in order to influence an election in B.C. By focusing this legislation solely on elections, genuine charities such as the Red Cross, Oxfam, and the Nature Conservancy would not be affected.
“This is beyond partisan politics, and I am confident that all parties in the Legislature will support this important measure to protect our democracy and keeping British Columbians in charge of their own elections,” concluded Wilkinson.