04/07/2016 18:08 EDT | Updated 04/08/2017 01:12 EDT

B.C. conflict commissioner launches review of exclusive political events

VICTORIA — British Columbia's conflict of interest commissioner says he will review two complaints that exclusive fundraising events promising access to political leaders are breaches of a provincial law.

Paul Fraser says he plans to issue one opinion after reviewing the practice of B.C. politicians participating in fundraising events.

New Democrat David Eby and Democracy Watch co-founder Duff Conacher filed separate complaints following media reports that Premier Christy Clark participates in fundraising events where people pay thousands of dollars for exclusive access to her.

Conacher's letter to the conflict commissioner alleges the private events are breaches of conflict of interest guidelines because they result in politicians receiving an illegal gift.

Clark says she attends fundraising events organized by the Liberal party, but doesn't ask how much people pay to be there.

She says B.C.'s laws governing party donations and election spending limits are sufficient, though Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has announced plans to reform election finance legislation and end private fundraisers.




The Canadian Press