Friday, September 07, 2007

Alberta NDP free to represent... who?

The Alberta NDP kicked-off their re-election campaign yesterday, and in today's Edmonton Sun, leader Brian Mason made the claim:

"an NDP policy of not accepting corporate money leaves the party's MLAs 'free to represent the interest of middle-class Albertans.'"

So, I figured I'd check out their claim.

In the last election the NDP took these donations from corporations:
1080800 ALBERTA LTD - $4,500.00
629075 ALBERTA LTD - $800.00
679410 ALBERTA LTD - $1,100.00
BARRIE CHIVERS PROF CORP - $820.00
CASH COMPUTERS INC - $1,267.95
CORPORATE MPR INC. - $1,215.00
EURO ASIA TRANSLOAD - $1,000.00
GRAVES ENGINEERING CORP - $1,100.00
JEROME N. SLAVIK PROF CORP - $500.00
P GILL CNC INDUSTRIES LTD - $1,000.00
TIRATH NIIJAR PROF CORP - $500.00
W LAIRD HUNTER PROF CORP - $500.00

Total from corporations: $14,302.95

So, perhaps this is a new policy of not taking money from corporations?

Nope, because in 2006 they took donations from these corporations:
Al-Terra Engineering - $5,000
Bell - Western Canada - $1,000
OW Construction ltd. - $1,000
David Thompson Research & Consulting - $1,070

But this isn't a tonne of cash, so I guess regular ol' Albertans are sending in most of the dough?

Well in the 2004 election, this is what they got from unions:
ALBERTA & NWT REGIONAL COUNCIL OF CARPENTERS - $1,000.00
ALBERTA & NWT REGIONAL COUNCIL OF CARPENTERS - $2,400.00
AREA CNCL PAC STEELWORKERS TORONTO - $500.00
AREA COUNCIL C E P - $1,000.00
C A W CANADA - $8,000.00
C E C U - $1,000.00
C E P NATIONAL -$4,000.00
C E P NATIONAL -$7,000.00
C L C - $10,000.00
C M P L - $5,000.00
C S U - $1,000.00
C U P E - $5,000.00
CANADIAN COUNCIL A T U - $2,500.00
DISTRICT # 3 U S W A - $500.00
EDMONTON FIRE FIGHTERS UNION - $2,000.00
EDMONTON FIRE FIGHTERS UNION - $2,000.00
EDMONTON LABOUR COUNCIL - $750.00
IRONWORKERS LOCAL 720 - $3,000.00
LOCAL 1118 U F C W - $500.00
LOCAL 183 U N A - $1,000.00
LOCAL 1900 C E P - $500.00
LOCAL 569 ATU - $3,000.00
LOCAL 6034 U S W A - $500.00
LOCAL 855 C E P - $2,000.00
U T U - $1,500.00
UNITED ASSOC OF PLUMBERS & PIPEFITTERS - LOCAL 488 - $14,000.00
UNITED NURSES OF ALBERTA - $500.00
UNITED STEELWORKERS OF AMERICA PAC - $500.00
WORKERS UNION TELECOMMUNICATIONS - $10,000.00
WORKERS UNION TELECOMMUNICATIONS - $50.00
YELLOWHEAD LABOUR COUNCIL - $500.00
MEDICINE HAT LABOUR COUNCIL - $1,500.00

Total from Unions: $92,700

Plus in 2006 they took donations from these unions:
ATU Local 569 - $2,000
CUPE - $4,118.43
Canadian Machinist Political League - $2,000
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 288 PAC - $2,250
UFCW - $2,000
USWA District #3 - $5,000
United Steelworkers Local 1-207 - $1,000

Now to be clear, I don't care whether they take money from corporations, but I do think it's a bit sanctimonious to go around stating that it's a policy not to take corporate money so that you can be free of having to bow to their wishes when: a) you do take corporate money, and b) you clearly would bow to the wishes of the unions with all of the money they give you.

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