Big Pharma Donates 11 Times as Much to BC Liberals

An article in Metro reports some provocative numbers:

Anyone wondering why the Liberal government would axe funding for B.C.’s only independent drug watchdog need only follow the money, according to a UVic pharmaceutical policy analyst.

Researcher Alan Cassels ran the names of more than a dozen major drug companies, lobby groups and pharmacies through the province’s online Financial Reports and Political Contributions System this week, after NDP Leader Adrian Dix attacked the Liberals on Monday for killing the Therapeutics Initiative at UBC.

He found that altogether, since 2005 the industry’s donations to the Liberals have totalled $546,772 — outstripping the NDP’s total of $49,500 11-to-one.

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