British Columbians are invited to submit their ideas on how to implement elections expense limits for municipal elections. Submissions can be made to the committee at a public hearing, via a questionnaire, or in writing. Submissions will be accepted until November 19, 2014. Further details are available on the website for the Special Committee on Local Elections Expense Limits.
Why is this so important? Vancouver has the most expensive civic elections in the Canada. Currently there are no spending limits in the City or in the entire province; any donation from any source may be accepted by political parties. We have a full list of shortcomings of the current legislation in an earlier post. The next round of election finance reform will hopefully bring meaningful finance reform to civic elections in British Columbia.
The upcoming dates for the Public Hearings are as follows:
Vancouver: Friday, November 7, 2014, 1:30pm – 5pm. (580 West Hastings)
Vancouver: Sunday, November 8, 2014, 9am to noon (580 West Hastings)
Victoria: Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 2:45 – 5pm (Parliament Bldgs, Room 226)
Victoria: Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 10am to noon (Parliament Bldgs, Room 226)
Both individuals and organizations can register to make presentations at the Public Hearing.
Further information on the Committee can be found in a press release.