A good start but $1200 is too high

Most middle and working class families cannot afford to donate $1200. This limit doesn't stop corporations from donating, it just makes them work harder--they can still parse out cash to board members, staff and their spouses so the money will add up, it'll just make them work a bit harder to exert their influence. But make no mistake, they will still try. Québec's limit is now $100 and they seemed able to run the last election perfectly fine. I would support a limit of $500 max. Make it realistic for average folk otherwise you are still giving the wealthiest 5% of the population an unfair ability to influence political outcomes.

Official response from submitted

Thank you for your feedback Maureen. We agree!!! A lower per individual limit would be more accessible for everyone, however, during negotiation with the NDP government, $1200 per individual a year was the compromise made between the two parties. 

Here is more on the consultation process from an article in the Globe and Mail: https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/horgans-fundraising-policy-reversal-tied-to-greens-insiders-say/article36338684/?ref=http://www.theglobeandmail.com&

Reactions

How would you tag this suggestion?
Please check your e-mail for a link to activate your account.
  • responded with submitted 2017-10-13 10:31:35 -0700
  • commented 2017-09-25 10:51:16 -0700
    $100 seems like a good limit. Political activism should be weighed not by $ but by volunteer effort and engagement in the process..you need to work for what you believe in not just throw money at it.
  • commented 2017-09-24 06:52:50 -0700
    Andrew, good question! I read through all the comments and many seem to think the parties, in particular the Greens, will need some funds. One suggestions floated $700 as a limit based on consultation by the Dogwood innitiative with BC residents. I’m trying to find a balance between concensus, best practices (maybe that’s Québec? don’t know) and what’s currently on the table.
  • commented 2017-09-24 00:26:55 -0700
    I agree, except you say Quebec is fine with a limit of $100 so why should $500 be the max?
  • tagged this with Good 2017-09-24 00:26:53 -0700
  • tagged this with Important 2017-09-23 20:32:42 -0700
  • published this page in Ban big money bill 2017-09-23 16:12:34 -0700
Donate Get Involved