Vancouver’s Integrity Commissioner and Elections B.C. have been requested to overview claims metropolis staff have been engaged on the mayor’s political marketing campaign
Considered one of Vancouver mayor Kennedy Stewart’s political enemies has known as for additional investigation right into a mysterious doc found final week that seems to hyperlink the mayor’s chief of employees with an aggressive fundraising marketing campaign focusing on the town’s key property builders.
On Thursday, Colleen Hardwick — who’s working in opposition to Stewart in subsequent month’s municipal election underneath the TEAM for a Livable Vancouver banner — known as on Vancouver’s integrity commissioner, Lisa Southern, to find out whether or not the mayor’s chief of employees, Neil Monckton has wrongly been elevating cash for his boss over the previous few months.
In accordance with Stewart’s political occasion, Ahead Collectively, longtime political operative Monckton solely started an unpaid depart of absence on Sept. 10 so he may work on Stewart’s marketing campaign.
Stewart’s alleged listing has 37 huge names in Vancouver enterprise — together with Francesco Aquilini and even former Imaginative and prescient Vancouver councillor Raymond Louie who’s now the CEO of a property growth firm — who’ve been requested to boost cash for the occasion and even data how a lot they’ve raised thus far.
Stewart himself campaigned in 2018 in opposition to company donations.
TEAM had already requested Elections B.C. to analyze the spreadsheet and has now known as on Vancouver’s integrity commissioner to do the identical.
Ahead Collectively says it’s following all the principles. Massive foreign, company and union donations have been banned in B.C. politics since 2017 and private donations are actually restricted to $1,250 per individual per occasion.
This got here after the Wild West fundraising practices of former Vancouver political powerhouse Imaginative and prescient Vancouver underneath Gregor Robertson the place builders have been overtly courted for giant donations.
TEAM council candidate Invoice Tieleman stated that the integrity commissioner has acknowledged receipt of his occasion’s letter and may be capable of decide if Monckton breached the town’s code of conduct.
Ahead Collectively and rival ABC Vancouver underneath mayoral candidate Ken Sim are overtly courting developer donations, whereas TEAM Vancouver and the Coalition of Progressive Electors aren’t, Tieleman stated.