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Great! Now can we (truly) address election spending at the local government level?

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Thank you for your feedback Barry! Your support is greatly appreciated. We absolutely agree that these same rules need to be applied to local level elections. The NDP government has said that they will be introducing separate but similar legislation for this purpose. We're looking forward to seeing that bill when it is introduced in the Legislature. We expect it to come sooner than later and make next year's local government elections the first without the influence of special interests!

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  • Kelsey Reid
    responded with submitted 2017-09-27 14:32:01 -0700
  • Barry Janyk
    commented 2017-09-26 06:50:51 -0700
    No. Nothing to do with taxpayers. Nothing is provided by the taxpayer. Local government campaign donations are ineligible for any tax credit.

    Example: the amounts some candidates spent in Gibsons in 2011 and 2014 were off the charts. The mayor of the community of 4,500 claims to have spent ~$33,000 in 2011 and $28,000 in 2014. In 2014 one councillor claimed over $13,000 – the most of any small town candidate in the province. I say “claimed” because who knows what was really spent?

    This is not taxpayer money – this is targeted money – for specific purpose. It’s not just how much – but from whom – and for what. Corporate and union donations have no place in small town politics. Because (big) money changes everything. It’s all available on the Elections BC website.
  • Richard Earnshaw
    commented 2017-09-21 13:40:39 -0700
    Doesnt this just come back…again…to the taxoayer.😟
  • Barry Janyk
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-09-21 13:31:49 -0700
    Ban big money bill: Great! Now can we (truly) address election spending at the local government level?
  • Barry Janyk
    published this page in Ban big money bill 2017-09-21 13:31:05 -0700
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