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HomeBusinessExclusive: What does your MLA own? Read the 2018 public disclosure summaries here

Exclusive: What does your MLA own? Read the 2018 public disclosure summaries here


Bob Mackin

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. 

Conflict of interest commissioner Paul Fraser, sitting behind Premier John Horgan on May 30 (BC Leg)

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
Simon Gibson Liberal Abbotsford-Mission
Linda Larson Liberal Boundary-Similkameen
Anne Kang NDP Burnaby-Deer Lake
Raj Chouhan NDP Burnaby-Edmonds
Katrina Chen NDP Burnaby-Lougheed
JanetRoutledge NDP Burnaby North
Donna Barnett Liberal Cariboo-Chilcotin
Coralee Oakes Liberal Cariboo North
John Martin Liberal Chilliwack
Laurie Throness Liberal Chilliwack-Kent
Doug Clovechok Liberal Columbia River-Revelstoke
Joan Isaacs Liberal Coquitlam-Burke Mountain
Selina Robinson NDP Coquitlam-Maillardville
Ronna-Rae Leonard NDP Courtenay-Comox
Sonia Furstenau Green Cowichan Valley
Ravi Kahlon NDP Delta North
Ian Paton Liberal Delta South
Mitzi Dean NDP Esquimalt-Metchosin
Jackie Tegart Liberal Fraser-Nicola
Peter Milobar Liberal Kamloops-North Thompson
Todd Stone Liberal Kamloops-South Thompson
Norm Letnick Liberal Kelowna-Lake Country
Steve Thomson Liberal Kelowna-Mission
Kelowna West
Ben Stewart Liberal
Tom Shypitka Liberal Kootenay East
Katrine Conroy NDP Kootenay West
John Horgan NDP Langford-Juan de Fuca
Mary Polak Liberal Langley
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
Leonard Krog NDP Nanaimo
Doug Routley NDP Nanaimo-North Cowichan
John Rustad Liberal Nechako Lakes
MichelleMungall NDP Nelson-Creston
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
Michelle Stilwell Liberal Parksville-Qualicum
Dan Davies Liberal Peace River North
Mike Bernier Liberal Peace River South
Dan Ashton Liberal Penticton
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
Jas Johal Liberal Richmond-Queensborough
John Yap Liberal Richmond-Steveston
Adam Olsen Green Saanich North and the Islands
Lana Popham NDP Saanich South
Greg Kyllo Liberal Shuswap
Ellis Ross Liberal Skeena
Doug Donaldson NDP Stikine
Marvin Hunt Liberal Surrey-Cloverdale
Jagrup Brar NDP Surrey-Fleetwood
Rachna Singh NDP Surrey-Green Timbers
Garry Begg NDP Surrey-Guildford
Harry Bains NDP Surrey-Newton
Jinny Sims NDP Surrey-Panorama
Stephanie Cadieux Liberal Surrey South
Bruce Ralston NDP Surrey-Whalley
Tracy Redies Liberal Surrey-White Rock
George Heyman NDP Vancouver-Fairview
Sam Sullivan Liberal Vancouver-False Creek
George Chow NDP Vancouver-Fraserview
Shane Simpson NDP Vancouver-Hastings
Mable Elmore NDP Vancouver-Kensington
Adrian Dix NDP Vancouver-Kingsway
Michael Lee Liberal Vancouver-Langara
Melanie Mark NDP Vancouver-Mount Pleasant
David Eby NDP Vancouver-Point Grey
Andrew Wilkinson Liberal Vancouver-Quilchena
Spencer Chandra Herbert NDP Vancouver-West End
Eric Foster Liberal Vernon-Monashee
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