Supporters of Electoral Finance Reform

Provincial political parties

 

BC NDP


In its 2009 platform, the NDP pledged to ban corporate and union donations to political parties, a commitment reiterated by current party leader Adrian Dix in April 2012 and again in March 2013.

 

Conservative Party
The party’s policy priorities include eliminating union and corporate political contributions of political parties and capping personal donations.

 

Green Party of BC
The Green Party of BC has called for campaign finance reform to eliminate corporate and union donations, to cap the amount of individual donations, and to restrict donations to residents of BC.

 

BC First
BC First will limit donations to political parties to citizens only with a cap of $1,000 to return the democratic process to the people instead of powerful interests.

Christian Heritage Party of BC
The Christian Heritage Party of BC would ban donations from corporations, unions, out of province persons and orgzanizations with special interest. They would also limit annual contributions to $5,000 per BC donor.

 

Independent MLAs

Bob Simpson, MLA (Cariboo North)
Bob Simpson, the Independent MLA for Cariboo North, tabled the Election Finance Amendment Act. The Bill restricts donations to candidates and political parties to registered British Columbia voters only, and caps those individual donations at $1000 per year. Click here to view the bill.

 

 

Vicki Huntington, MLA (Delta South)

 

 

 

John Van Dongen, MLA (Abbotsford South)

 

 

 

On February 6th 2013, Bob Simpson, Vicki Huntington and John Van Dongen released a six-point agenda for practical changes to improve BC’s legislature. The agenda included Election and Legislative reform, and specifically asked for Campaign Finance reform. Click here for more information.

 

2013 Independent candidates


Gary Young, Cariboo-Chilcotin

 

 

Municipal councils & parties

City of Vancouver
Unanimous on a motion presented by Councillor Andrea Reimer

Vision Vancouver

NPA

COPE
COPE issued a statement calling for electoral reforms, including a $1.50 registered voter spending limit for electoral organizations, along with a per person contribution limit of $500.

Green Party of Vancouver

Vancouver Park Board
Unanimous on a motion presented by Commissioner Trevor Loke.

Favours a cap on individual donations (before the 2010 Local Government Elections Task Force)

City of North Vancouver

City of Richmond

District of Kent

Highlands

View Royal

Favours a ban on corporate and union donations (before the 2010 Local Government Elections Task Force):

City of North Vancouver

 

Media

Business in Vancouver
City needs civic election contribution controls now
At Large: Peter Ladner
April 10-16, 2012

Prince George Free Press*
Supporting integrity
Editorial
April 10, 2012

* Reposted in the following B.C. Local News sister publications:Ladysmith Chronicle, Vernon Morning Star, Terrace Standard, Maple Ridge News, Kelowna Capital News, Peace Arch News, Peninsula News Review, Oak Bay News, Nanaimo News Bulletin, The Northern View, Goldstream News Gazette, South Delta Leader, Abbotsford News, Burnaby NewsLeader, The Tri-City News, Victoria News, Kootenay News Advertiser, Castlegar News

North Shore News*
Cheques & balance
Editorial
October 30, 2012

* Reposted in the following Postmedia publications: The Province, Richmond News, Abbotsford Times, Langley Advance, Burnaby Now, Coquitlam Now, Surrey Now, Chilliwack Times, Delta Optimist, Vancouver Courier, Royal City Record, Maple Ridge Times

Victoria Times Colonist
Time to limit political gifts
Editorial
November 6, 2012

* Reposted in the Alberni Valley Times

Take big money out of politics
Editorial
December 7, 2012

The Province
Ban corporate and union donations to parties
Column, Mike Smyth
December 11, 2012

 

Civil Society/NGOs

Fair Voting BC

Fernwood Community Association

Favours a ban on corporate and union donations (before the 2010 Local Government Elections Task Force):

Association of Citizens of Summerland

Fernwood Community Association

Neighbourhoods for a Sustainable Vancouver

West End Residents Association

West Kelowna Community Advocates Association

Favours a cap on individual donations (before the 2010 Local Government Elections Task Force):

Association of Citizens of Summerland

B.C. School Trustees Association

Burnaby-New Westminster Citizens for Voting Equality

Centre for Civic Governance

Dunbar Resident Association

Fair Voting BC

Neighbourhoods for a Sustainable Vancouver

Saanich Civic League

Think City

West End Residents Association

West Kelowna Community Advocates Association

Town of View Royal

Favours a cap on individual donations (before the 2010 Local Government Elections Task Force):

B.C. Federation of Labour

B.C. & Yukon Territory Building and Construction Trades Council

Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union

Canadian Labour Congress

Sunshine Coast Labour Council

Town of View Royal

 

Prominent British Columbians

Prof. Patrick Smith, Simon Fraser University – 2010 Local Government Elections Task Force

Jessica Van der Veen, NDP candidate Oak Bay – Gordon Head

David Schreck , former MLA (North Vancouver – Lonsdale)

Dr. Andrew Weaver, OBC, University of Victoria Professor, and Green party candidate for Oak Bay – Gordon Head

Laila Yuile, Huffington Post and No Strings Attached freelance writer and blogger

Nick Loenen, Former Social Credit MLA, Richmond