We need to see at least the following, and there is no reason for delay:
- Provincial government decision to ban corporate and union donations and put meaningful caps on dollar amounts of donations.
- Municipal lobbyist registry – perhaps at the Metro Vancouver level
- Powerful, independent whistleblower system at municipal level – perhaps at Metro Vancouver level
- Ombudsperson for handling complaints at the municipal level
- Better standards for handling of freedom of information requests
- A bid committee for municipal government procurement, with full minutes posted online within 24 hours
- Continuous mandatory reporting of political donations to municipal politicians and parties
- Live and archive web video of all meetings of the Metro Vancouver Board of Directors and its committees. (Most municipalities already have this, and Vancouver Park Board started at last in 2015)
- Less use of in camera meetings (closed to the public, i.e., secret)
For an earlier version of this list, see Behold! Six actions to clean up Vancouver politics (2013). If we cannot have these democratic tools introduced in our local governments, what hope is there for the rest of our world?