from Frances Bula in the Globe and Mail; public comments can be submitted until November 27th:
Critics say proposed legislation allows individual contributors to have too much influence, but minister says it’s all about democracy
Candidates running for city councils and school boards across British Columbia shouldn’t have too many limits put on their campaign donations because that would infringe on free speech and democracy, says the province’s communities minister, who is introducing controversial new legislation on campaign financing.
The proposed legislation from Peter Fassbender’s office does set limits on campaign expenses, based on a city’s population, and on third-party advertising.
But it sets no limits on campaign donations, no bans on corporate or union donations, no requirement to disclose donations before the election and no requirement to report donations in years outside the election year.
That goes against…
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