“Can a leopard change its spots?” City councillor Geoff Meggs’ move to provincial chief-of-staff raises problems for coalition government plan to ban Big Money

Updated: On July 10, 2017, Elizabeth Murphy had an opinion piece in the Vancouver Sun entitled “B.C. election priority: ending big money in politics.” It was in print and online, but was quickly removed from online. It was “suppressed at the urging of the Sun’s lawyers’ concerns that it associates one development with corruption. ”

From our observation, her main points were:

  1. that the public wants the coalition government to act immediately to ban big money from provincial and municipal politics, but
  2. the recent announcement of former Vancouver City Councillor Geoff Meggs as the chief-of-staff for NDP premier-to-be John Horgan could be a huge risk factor for the NDP/Green coalition’s slim minority government, affecting the lifespan and survival of this coalition and the results of the next provincial election.
Trump Meggs Holborn

Geoff Meggs (right) at announcement of naming of Trump Tower, November 2015. Meggs resigned as City Councillor to become Chief-of-Staff under the NDP premier-designate John Horgan

 

Ms. Murphy later re-posted her story with revisions, here:

https://elizabethmurphyblog.wordpress.com/2017/07/10/bc-election-priority-ending-big-money/

Coverage by The Breaker in August reviewed election finance disclosures for the BC election in 2017.  Considering Megg’s strong relations with unions, and the large financial backing from unions for the NDP in this election, will the Green/NDP coalition execute the reforms needed?

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