There have been a lot of stories in the media and blogoshere lately about all the millions of dollars being donated to various civic parties in Vancouver and throughout Metro Vancouver. As expected, there were a bunch of stories about how much the unions gave to Vision, and how much developers gave to the NPA...yawn.
We thought we'd provide our readers with analysis that no other blog or main stream media outlet will be providing to you.
Our crack CityCaucus.com research team decided we would analyze which financial institution the Vision, COPE and NPA candidates chose to manage those millions in donations. The information was retrieved off the candidate disclosure documents.
Overall, credit unions were the financial institution of choice for a majority of candidates with Vancity topping the list having been chosen by 4 candidates. Next in line was HSBC, with three candidates selecting them over other banks. Here is a full list of who selected which financial institution.
Anton (NPA) - TD Canada Trust
Ball (NPA) - VanCity Credit Union
Bickerton (NPA) - RBC
Cadman (COPE) - CCEC Credit Union
Capri (NPA) - CIBC
Chow (Vision) - Canada Trust
Copeland (NPA) - BMO
Deal (Vision) - Vancity
Dhaliwal (Vision) - CIBC
Geller (NPA) - HSBC
Houghton (NPA) - Scotia Bank
Jang (Vision) - Vancity
Lee (NPA) - HSBC
Louie (Vision) - Vancity
Meggs (Vision) - Community Savings Credit Union
Reimer (Vision) - CCEC Credit Union
Sidhu (NPA) - G & F Financial
Stevenson (Vision) - None
Wong (NPA) - HSBC
Woodswoorth (COPE) - CCEC Credit Union
91%* of the Vision/COPE candidates chose to go with credit unions, while 80% of all the NPA candidates chose one of the big banks. So the real question is...does the financial institution you bank at say anything about your political leanings...?
* Stevenson did not declare a financial institution