In October 2011, IntegrityBC launched our first petition to reform BC’s electoral finance laws. You can sign it here.
We’re calling on the BC government to amend relevant sections of BC’s Election Act to ban corporate and union funding of BC political parties and to cap individual donations.
You can acquaint yourself with some of the stakes here and then take our survey here to help us even further.
We want to show the government sufficient grassroots support to demonstrate that electoral finance reform can be legislated now or – if necessary – be brought about through the possible launch of a referendum initiative.
Right through 2012, we’ll have volunteers spanning out across BC and at their keyboards to help us gather signatures.
You can help.
If you know of appropriate festivals please let us know. If you’re willing to volunteer at IntegrityBC events call or email us.
And please remember to sign up with IntegrityBC to ensure you’re among the first to help restore accountability to BC politics.
Elections BC is responsible for administering electoral finance laws in B.C. This includes Parts 9, 10, and 11 of the Election Act and the financing provisions of the Recall and Initiative Act. In other jurisdictions, electoral finance is often called campaign finance.
Electoral finance laws improve the democratic process by creating a more level playing field for candidates and political parties and providing transparency. They also prevent money from unfairly influencing election outcomes and from swaying public policy decisions.
In B.C., electoral finance includes:
- the registration and deregistration of political parties and constituency associations
- rules about how political parties, constituency associations, candidates, and leadership contestants must administer their finances
- financial disclosure and reporting requirements
- rules about election advertising