(Updated: We are not aware of any formal public announcement, but based on e-mails being circulated, the date for application has been extended to March 24, 2016, 5pm.)
(Reproduced below is a heads-up message from a Vancouver resident. That contributor cannot apply to the Election Task Force, as the terms of reference exclude anyone who has been affiliated with a Vancouver civic political party (or run as a candidate) during any of the past 4 elections.)
Does your heart break to see important, course-setting city elections decided by as little as a third of the electorate that actually bothers to vote?
Have you ever asked yourself whether local elections in Vancouver could be run in such a way that the outcome better reflects the democratic will of its citizens?
If so, I hope you’ll consider stepping up to join the City of Vancouver’s new Election Task Force. Apply here until March 18. (Note extended to March 24th.)
As someone who has been passionate about the issue of local elections and campaign finance reform for the past five years, I was about to apply myself, only to learn that members of the task force must not have been affiliated with any civic political party for the past four elections. That cancels me out :-(. That’s why I’m hoping that, among the readers of this blog, there may be citizens unblemished by recent political party affiliation who nonetheless share my passion for a fairer, stronger and more effective local democracy.
The Election Task Force is being established as a result of a Council decision in February 2015 to conduct a review of the 2014 civic election and come up with a plan to strengthen the democratic qualities of future elections, including considerations of such things as:
- Campaign finance reform
- Proportional voting systems
- Online voting
- Extending the vote to Permanent Residents
- Ways to encourage greater participation in local elections
The task force will be asked to make recommendations both with regards to what the City can do on its own authority, as well as how the City can prevail upon the provincial government to enable the reforms that only it holds the keys to.
Please check out the background and terms of reference for the Election Task Force here: http://council.vancouver.ca/20160120/documents/pspc5.pdf
- City of Vancouver to look at election and campaign finance reform (CKNW, Shelby Thom, July 21, 2015)
- Council Motion July 21 (could have transformed) Vancouver politics: Ban corporate/union donations, limit dollar amounts, require continuous reporting. Buried by Clr. Andrea Reimer. (CityHallWatch, July 17, 2015)
- Vancouver Council will once again debate campaign spending limits, (News1130, Renee Bernard, Jul 20, 2015)
- Motion to limit political campaign spending to go through Vancouver City Council (VanCityBuzz, Lauren Sundstrom, July 20, 2015)
- “Independent” election committee proposal in Council Jan 20 (Wed): A saga of delays. (CityHallWatch, Jan 20, 2016)
- What did people say about local election finance reform? Draft recommendations fall short. Nov 27 deadline for comments (CityHallWatch, Nov 26, 2015)
- $3 MILLION per municipal party (Vancouver) election spending ‘limit’ recommendation going to BC legislature. Huge gaps. Public comments until Nov 27 (Fri) (CityHallWatch, Oct 20, 2015)
- B.C. special committee seeks to reinforce “elector organization advantage” for municipal political parties in 2018 (CityHallWatch, Dec 3, 2015)
- Report recommendations on B.C. municipal campaign spending reforms disappoint: High expense limits, no donor caps, no bans on corporate or union donations (CityHallWatch, June 30, 2015)