Elections BC on Krause and City Caucus charges

Elections B.C. should be looking into the Liberal membership in British Columbia

Vivian Krause, National Post, Feb 17, 2011

Tired of it all, I decided to email Elections BC about Vivian Krause’s charges. My inquiry:


I am inquiring about serious charges levelled in an op-ed that appeared in the Feb 17, 2011 edition of the National Post “Vivian Krause: U.S. environmentalists are meddling in B.C.’s election”


According to this op-ed, philanthropic foundations from the United States are funding political activity in British Columbia. Vivian Krause has written a series of op-eds with a similar theme. I was wondering:

  1. Do Krause’s charges have merit?
  2. Have you received an official complaint?
  3. Is Elections BC conducting an investigation?

I received a very prompt response. Here it is in full…and without comment:

Thank you for your email.  The Election Act does not restrict the activities of foreign groups, or who can be a member of a political party.  Additionally, the Act does not prohibit organizations from encouraging individuals to join a political party.

Political party memberships are not within the jurisdiction of Elections BC, so this office does not have authority to investigate the matter you have raised.

I trust you will find this information helpful.  Thank you for taking the time to write.


Tricia Poilievre
A/Executive Services Manager
Elections BC