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We’ve found good stories in them. Maybe you will, too.
As a public service, The Tyee is posting the public disclosure statements the 85 members of British Columbia’s legislative assembly made for 2016.
Arrived at in consultation with conflict of interest commissioner Paul Fraser, the annual statements for each MLA and their families include assets, liabilities and sources of income, though they do not include dollar values. They also list any gifts an MLA may have received with a value greater than $250.
Despite it being 2017, however, the statements are not routinely available online.
Instead, they can be had by request through the office of the clerk of the legislative assembly, something few British Columbians are likely to know. Even fewer are likely to bother.
The Tyee and a few other reporters do make a point of asking for the statements each year, and we’ve had copies of this year’s since the end of November.
Among the stories we’ve discovered from reviewing the statements in recent years were the former healthy eating minister’s investments in pizza restaurants, a former cabinet minister’s investment in a company with which his ministry had a large contract, a current cabinet minister’s family businessselling software to public bodies, and the finance minister’s extensiveAbbotsford real estate holdings.
They were also the reason we knew to ask Premier Christy Clark back in 2012 about her pay from the BC Liberal Party, which she at the time claimed was a car allowance. Last week, she said she would stop receiving the money after admitting last year the party gave her as much as $50,000 a year.
In defending that pay, by the way, Clark at times noted the leader’s stipend has been “publicly disclosed” since 1993.
That disclosure isn’t much use, though, if the document is difficult for anyone in the public to get. So, following are links to last year’s disclosures for Clark, her cabinet and all 85 government and opposition MLAs.
Cabinet (BC Liberals)
CLARK, Hon. Christy
ANTON, Hon. Suzanne
Attorney General and Minister of Justice
Minister of State for Rural Economic Development
BENNETT, Hon. Bill
Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister Responsible for Core Review
BERNIER, Hon. Mike
Minister of Education
Peace River South
BOND, Hon. Shirley
Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour
CADIEUX, Hon. Stephanie
Minister of Children and Family Development
COLEMAN, Hon. Rich
Deputy Premier and Minister of Natural Gas Development and Minister Responsible for Housing
de JONG, Q.C., Hon. Michael
Minister of Finance and Government House Leader
FASSBENDER, Hon. Peter
Minister of Community, Sport, Cultural Development and Minister Responsible for TransLink
LAKE, Hon. Dr. Terry
Minister of Health
LETNICK, Hon. Norm
Minister of Agriculture
MORRIS, Hon. Mike
Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General
OAKES, Hon. Coralee
Minister of Small Business, Red Tape Reduction and Minister Responsible for the Liquor Distribution Branch
RUSTAD, Hon. John
Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation
STONE, Hon. Todd
Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure and Deputy House Leader
POLAK, Hon. Mary
Minister of Environment
STILWELL, Hon. Michelle
Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation
THOMSON, Hon. Steve
Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
VIRK, Hon. Amrik
Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services
WAT, Hon. Teresa
Minister of International Trade and Minister Responsible for the Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism
WILKINSON, Hon. Andrew
Minister of Advanced Education
YAMAMOTO, Hon. Naomi
Minister of State for Emergency Preparedness
Party in power (remaining BC Liberals)
BING, Dr. Doug
Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows
HAMILTON, Wm. Scott
LEE, Richard T.
PLECAS, Dr. Darryl
REID, Hon. Linda
STILWELL, Dr. Moira
West Vancouver-Sea to Sky
Opposition (NDP of BC)
CHANDRA HERBERT, Spencer
Saanich North and the Islands
Juan de Fuca
KROG, Leonard Eugene
SHIN, Jane Jae Kyung
Powell River-Sunshine Coast
WEAVER, Dr. Andrew
Peace River North