B.C. municipalities want campaign finance reform ahead of 2018 local elections

By The Canadian Press
September 28, 2017 - 3:00pm

VANCOUVER — Municipalities in British Columbia want the provincial government to restrict the role of money in local politics in time for next year’s elections.

The request comes after a resolution was passed by members of the Union of B.C. Municipalities at its annual general meeting this week in Vancouver.

The resolution was nearly punted to next year for reconsideration, but Oak Bay Coun. Kevin Murdoch says members resurrected it and passed it unanimously.

Murdoch, who drafted the resolution, says changes were made to the proposal after some members expressed concern that the same political fundraising rules being considered for the province would apply to municipalities.

The B.C. government has tabled a bill that would rein in political fundraising rules at the provincial level, including banning corporate and union donations and limiting individual contributions to $1,200.

Municipal Affairs Minister Selina Robinson has said her staff is exploring changes to campaign finance at the local level but is uncertain whether a law could be passed in time for elections next fall.

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