B.C. Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson’s recently filed financial disclosure form reads like a Who’s Who of the Vancouver business community.

The former corporate litigator and MLA for Vancouver-Quilchena generated $734,128.87 in contributions in his 2018 leadership campaign, according to a document on the Elections B.C. website.

Among the most generous donors was Fraser Institute chairman and former investment executive Peter Brown, who kicked in $25,000. Another Fraser Institute director, developer Ryan Beedie, gave $15,000.

A third Fraser Institute director, Hassan Khosrowshahi, controls Wesbild Holdings, Persis Holdings, and Burke Mountain Limited Partnership, which together donated $15,000.

The Fraser Institute is a Vancouver-based free-market think tank. It has published papers supporting more pipelines and has been extremely critical of measures taken by the federal government to address climate change.

Another large donor to Wilkson’s campaign was Darlene Poole (widow of former Vanoc chair and long-time developer Jack Poole), who contributed $25,000.

The 2017 Mining Person of the Year, resource-company investor Robert Quartermain, donated $15,000.

And Vancouver Canadians owner Jake Kerr gave $5,000 to Wilkinson’s campaign.

Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel sales manager Sean Castonguay kicked in $10,000. Retired Westcoast Energy CEO Michael Phelps donated $5,000, as did venture capitalist Paul Lee.

Developer Peter Wall gave $2,500 to Wilkinson, who won the leadership at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre in downtown Vancouver.

Another high-profile contributor was former finance minister and development-company executive Kevin Falcon, who gave $2,000 to the campaign. Vancouver police board member and businessman Barj Dhahan contributed $1,000.

Meanwhile, Madison Venture Corporation donated $10,000 to Wilkinson’s campaign.

Madison is controlled by Sam Grippo, Jonathon Kennedy, and Bruce Aunger. It’s the largest shareholder (32.5 percent) in Glacier Media, which owns the Vancouver Courier, Business in Vancouver, North Shore News, and many other publications.

Major developers were also backing Wilkinson.

MacDonald Development Corporation, which is headed by Vancouver developer Rob MacDonald, donated $5,000.

Concord Pacific Developments, which is controlled by Vancouver’s Terry Hui, also gave $5,000 to the campaign.

Shato Holdings, which is controlled by businessman Ron Toigo, was another development company that kicked in $5,000.

Together, two Polygon Homes companies donated $10,000. The parent company was founded by developer and prominent arts supporter Michael Audain. 

And the Aquilini Investment Group LP gave $5,000. The names attached to this donation were Vancouver Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini and Jim Chu, the former chief of the Vancouver Police Department.

Long-time Liberal fundraiser David MacLean donated $10,000, and companies associated with his family contributed more than $20,000.

Another large personal donation was $20,000 from Shu Min Wu. The Richmond-based Sunshine International Soccer Club Ltd. also donated $20,000 to the Wilkinson campaign.

Among contributions greater than $250, more than $327,000 came from individuals and another $320,950 came from corporations. There was $52,260 in contributions from unincorporated businesses and commercial organizations. 

Other large corporate donors included Dueck Chevrolet Cadillac Buick ($20,000), Panorama Ventures ($20,000), Rogers Communications ($15,000), West Coast Reduction ($15,000), Austeville Properties ($10,000), Gibraltar Mines ($10,000), Richmond Imports ($10,000), Special Risk Insurance Managers ($10,000), Taseko Mines ($10,000), Trigate Equities ($10,000), and York Ventures ($10,000).

Wilkinson’s largest expenditures over the campaign were $283,952.75 on “professional services”, $128,568.78 on “media advertising”, and $60,532.50 on “research and polling”.

The largest individual donations, adding up to $30,000, came from Prince George developer Brian Fehr. He filed a complaint several years ago after his company was not selected by the B.C. Liberal government to build the Wood Innovation Centre in his city.

Wilkinson didn’t generate the most contributions in the B.C. Liberal leadership race. That honour went to runner-up Dianne Watts, who raised $1.15 million, including a whopping $832,800 from corporations.

Her biggest donation was $100,000 from Super Save Disposal Inc. Another $50,000 came from Berazan (Juniper) Enterprises. Watts also received $25,000 from Brown, the Fraser Institute chair.

Another candidate, Todd Stone, also exceeded Wilkinson’s total by raising $793,923.63, including $496,780.22 from corporations. He received $12,500 from Bruno Wall, CEO of Wall Financial Corporation.

The third-place finisher, Vancouver-Langara MLA Michael Lee, raised $724,969 and the former finance minister, Mike de Jong, collected $490,016 in donations. Rounding out the list was Vancouver–False Creek MLA Sam Sullivan, who received $121,005.75 in donations.

Sullivan was given $5,000 by Bruno Wall, but Sullivan’s disclosure form revealed that the MLA returned these funds to the donor.





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