Former BC Liberal international trade minister Teresa Wat disclosed in her annual conflict of interest filing that she went on a nearly $8,000 junket to a Hong Kong convention.
According to her public disclosure statement, obtained by theBreaker, the opposition multiculturalism critic received a round-trip from Vancouver to Hong Kong and spent two nights in a hotel while attending the Belt and Road Agrifood and Trade Summit from organizer FMC Exhibition Company Ltd. Wat was a featured speaker, along with Chinese Communist Party apparatchiks Tam Yiu-chung of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress and Chan Chai of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. The total disclosed on her public disclosure summary was $7,890. Wat has been an emphatic proponent of the Belt and Road initiative, Chinese president-for-life Xi Jinping’s massive highways and ports construction program in Asia, Africa and Europe.
Finance Minister Carole James and Tourism Minister Lisa Beare both reported pairs of tickets to the Juno Awards at Rogers Arena from the event organizers at $589.26 per pair. Labour minister Harry Bains and backbencher Bowinn Ma both received $310 commemorative paddles from Seaspan. The four BC Liberal Richmond MLAs received $500 tickets to the Richmond Hospital Foundation annual gala.
Premier John Horgan reported owning a residence in Victoria and one-third interest in a Victoria investment property. He also disclosed the gift of two tickets to the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade’s speech by former first lady Michelle Obama, valued at $1,538.40.
BC Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson reported a $1,953 guest membership from the Union Club of B.C. and a $500 dinner ticket for the Global Reporting Centre fundraising banquet, featuring guest speaker Bill Browder, from Promerita Group.
Green leader Andrew Weaver disclosed no gifts. He has rental income from investment properties in Victoria and Parksville and holds residential properties in Victoria and Parksville.
Three Surrey MLAs reported residential property holdings in places other than their ridings: BC Liberal Tracy Redies and NDP’s Garry Begg in Langley and NDP’s Jinny Sims in Nanaimo. Richmond MLAs Wat (Burnaby) and Jas Johal (Delta) also have residences elsewhere.
Michelle Mungall, the NDP minister responsible for BC Hydro, has a residential property in Nelson and in Victoria and two investment properties in Nelson and two more in Castlegar.
NDP backbencher Jagrup Brar has shares in TransCanada, Loblaw, Google, and Apple, and is half-owner of a development company called Frejno Holding Ltd. He has interest in 10 properties in Western Canada: one in Peace River, Alta., two in North Battleford, Sask., one-third shares in four Prince George Properties on Highway 16 and three on Western Road in Prince George.
By quantity, Brar has a bigger portfolio than former finance minister Mike de Jong, who reported interest in six Abbotsford properties.
Transportation minister Trevena has an investment property on Heriot Bay Road, Quadra Island, and shares in Walt Disney Co., Brookfield Infrastructure and Gildan Activewear. The NDP’s Judy Darcy and Janet Routledge both reported holdings in recreational properties in Mayne Island.
BC Liberal MLA Peter Milobar holds shares in Hydropothecary, the marijuana company where ex-health minister Terry Lake became a vice-president after leaving politics. BC Liberal Ian Paton controls Paton Holsteins Ltd. and I. Paton & Associates, an auctioneering company.
Meanwhile, 19 MLAs from ridings outside Victoria reported residences in the Capital Region.
Begg, Mungall, Trevena, Shane Simpson, Rachna Singh, Selina Robinson, David Eby, Ravi Kahlon and Spencer Chandra Herbert of the NDP and Jordan Sturdy, Ralph Sultan, John Yap and Marvin Hunt of the BC Liberals have residential property holdings in the Victoria area. NDP’s Scott Fraser and Janet Routledge have half interests in Victoria property. Doug Routley has a leasehold and Shirley Bond a tenancy.
MLAs based outside of Victoria who rent or own in the capital can claim a $19,000 allowance per year. If they stay in hotels, they can claim up to $17,000. Those who make other arrangements are eligible for a flat $1,000 monthly rate.
The disclosure statements must be filed annually with the office of the Conflict of Interest Commissioner, Paul Fraser. Fraser, however, does not allow the completed disclosure forms to be published, only the edited summaries.
Read the annual disclosure summaries for every MLA, in order by riding names. Click on MLA names below to read the summaries.
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|Darryl Plecas||Abbotsford South|
|Mike de Jong||Liberal||Abbotsford West|
|Anne Kang||NDP||Burnaby-Deer Lake|
|Coralee Oakes||Liberal||Cariboo North|
|Doug Clovechok||Liberal||Columbia River-Revelstoke|
|Joan Isaacs||Liberal||Coquitlam-Burke Mountain|
|Sonia Furstenau||Green||Cowichan Valley|
|Ravi Kahlon||NDP||Delta North|
|Ian Paton||Liberal||Delta South|
|Peter Milobar||Liberal||Kamloops-North Thompson|
|Todd Stone||Liberal||Kamloops-South Thompson|
|Norm Letnick||Liberal||Kelowna-Lake Country|
|Tom Shypitka||Liberal||Kootenay East|
|Katrine Conroy||NDP||Kootenay West|
|John Horgan||NDP||Langford-Juan de Fuca|
|Rich Coleman||Liberal||Langley East|
|Bob D’Eith||NDP||Maple Ridge-Mission|
|Lisa Beare||NDP||Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows|
|Scott Fraser||NDP||Mid Island-Pacific Rim|
|Doug Routley||NDP||Nanaimo-North Cowichan|
|John Rustad||Liberal||Nechako Lakes|
|Judy Darcy||NDP||New Westminster|
|Jennifer Rice||NDP||North Coast|
|Claire Trevena||NDP||North Island|
|Bowinn Ma||NDP||North Vancouver-Lonsdale|
|Jane Thornthwaite||Liberal||North Vancouver-Seymour|
|Andrew Weaver||Green||Oak Bay-Gordon Head|
|Dan Davies||Liberal||Peace River North|
|Mike Bernier||Liberal||Peace River South|
|Mike Farnworth||NDP||Port Coquitlam|
|Rick Glumac||NDP||Port Moody-Coquitlam|
|Nicholas Simons||NDP||Powell River-Sunshine Coast|
|Mike Morris||Liberal||Prince George-Mackenzie|
|Shirley Bond||Liberal||Prince George-Valemount|
|Teresa Wat||Liberal||Richmond North Centre|
|Linda Reid||Liberal||Richmond South Centre|
|Adam Olsen||Green||Saanich North and the Islands|
|Lana Popham||NDP||Saanich South|
|Rachna Singh||NDP||Surrey-Green Timbers|
|Stephanie Cadieux||Liberal||Surrey South|
|Tracy Redies||Liberal||Surrey-White Rock|
|Sam Sullivan||Liberal||Vancouver-False Creek|
|Melanie Mark||NDP||Vancouver-Mount Pleasant|
|David Eby||NDP||Vancouver-Point Grey|
|Spencer Chandra Herbert||NDP||Vancouver-West End|
|Carole James||NDP||Victoria-Beacon Hill|
|Rob Fleming||NDP||Victoria-Swan Lake|
|Ralph Sultan||Liberal||West Vancouver-Capilano|
|Jordan Sturdy||Liberal||West Vancouver-Sea to Sky|