IntegrityBC releases submission on Local Government Elections Reform

(Victoria, 21 October 2013) – IntegrityBC has released its submission to the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development on the B.C. government’s White Paper on Local Government Elections Reform.

The organization made 16 specific recommendations pertaining to issues raised in the White Paper, including that:

  1. the government implement spending limits, a cap on contributions, and a ban on contributions from certain contributors, including unions and corporations in time for the 2014 local elections.
  2. the Vancouver Charter be amended as requested by the City of Vancouver (and subsequently supported by the UBCM).
  3. third-party advertiser registration be consistent with federal rules, where a third-party advertiser is required to register only “after having incurred election advertising expenses of $500.”
  4. that the definition of election advertising distinguish between advertising in support of – or opposition to – a political candidate and public policy advertising, as is the case in Ontario.
  5. that candidates who are acclaimed be prohibited from fundraising during the campaign period.

Although the issues were not raised in the White Paper, IntegrityBC made additional recommendations which call on the government to:

  1. adopt BC’s permanent voters list for all local elections in B.C.
  2. consider amendments to the Local Government Act to provide local councils with additional options to fill vacancies when local councillors or mayors are elected to the legislature more than half way into their local term.
  3. extend the scope of the Lobbyists Registration Act to local government.
  4. review and reduce the number of reasons that allow councils to move in camera.

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For more information:

Dermod Travis, Executive Director

IntegrityBC

250-590-5126

info@integritybc.ca

 

IntegrityBC’s submission

 

Summary of IntegrityBC’s recommendations