IntegrityBC releases questionnaire for byelection candidates

(Victoria, Friday, 4 April 2012) – IntegrityBC has released a questionnaire that it has sent to each of the candidates running in the Chilliwack-Hope and Port Moody-Coquitlam byelections.

The organization will post the answers that it receives to its website www.integritybc.ca on Thursday, April 12th.

The full questionnaire is below.

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IntegrityBC is a non-partisan voice championing accountability and integrity in BC politics. By empowering British Columbians, IntegrityBC hopes to changes politics in BC and allow citizens to regain trust in our government.

Contact:

Dermod Travis

Executive Director, IntegrityBC

250-590-5126

Questionnaire

 

1. As one possible way to address public cynicism towards politicians, how would you conduct yourself differently from the riding’s former MLA?

2. Do you believe that a broader range of political voices should be heard in the legislature and, if so, what proposals would you put forward to reform BC’s electoral system?

3. Do you have any specific ideas for enhancing public engagement in policy development? Would the processes you imagine using be open to, respectful of and responsive to citizens who do not support your political views and/or party?

4. Do you support legislative amendments to prohibit both corporate and union funding of B.C. political parties and financial contributions from contributors located or residing outside B.C.? Would you support capping individual contributions and, if so, what do you propose the individual limit should be?

5. Attached is a copy of the 2010 Report of the Local Government Elections Task Force. Do you support implementing the recommendations contained in this report? Notwithstanding the task force’s silence on the issue, would you support additional amendments to prohibit both corporate and union funding of local candidates and financial contributions from contributors located or residing outside B.C.?

6. How would you propose to address the public’s ongoing concerns and suspicions over events leading to the sale of BC Rail?

7. B.C.’s Auditor General was recently forced to file a lawsuit against the B.C. government to to gain access to government records related to the BC Rail case. What changes do you propose to improve public access to and reporting under B.C.’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act?