North Vancouver lawyer leads election ad lawsuit

Claim alleges ads represent misuse of public money


Brent Richter / North Shore News

March 21, 2017 03:56 PM

A North Vancouver lawyer is one of two people leading a lawsuit against the provincial government and the B.C. Liberals for alleged misuse of taxpayers’ money on pre-election advertising.

David Fai, who practices in central Lonsdale, is donating his time and expertise pro-bono for the suit that seeks to halt the ad campaigns extolling the virtues of government policies on the airwaves, and force the B.C. Liberal party to pay back the provincial treasury.

The suit is filed in the name of David Trapp, a 63-year-old White Rock man recovering from cancer surgery who felt the ad money would be better spent in B.C.’s health-care system. But Fai and co-counsel Paul Doroshenko are seeking to have it certified as a class action suit, meaning virtually any B.C. resident or taxpaying business could join.

The claim filed in B.C. Supreme Court on Monday asks a judge to rule that the government is violating its fiduciary duty to Trapp in its spending of tax money for “partisan and non-essential advertisements.” Specifically, it names the BC Jobs Plan, B.C.’s LNG Industry, WorkBC and Our Opportunity is Here campaigns.

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