Get the Money out of our Politics and elections

Ban or severely limit the amount of money that business, unions, or other special interests can contribute to buying influence in political parties and elections.

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  • tagged this with Important 2017-02-23 15:36:43 -0800
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  • commented 2017-01-14 10:47:54 -0800
    Democratic reform, which includes government accountability and transparency, is the top issue for me, election after election. I just read this New York Times report of BC’s “Wild West” political ‘ethics’; it’s embarrassing:
    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/13/world/canada/british-columbia-christy-clark.html

    I agree with commenter Sara Golling below: “Ban corporate/union/group donations, and limit the amount that individuals can donate. Return to a per-vote payment to political parties….”

    Also,
    1) set the donation limit to $120 per year ($10 per month) and
    2) remove entirely the tax-deductible component
    3) review and modernize BC’s Conflict of Interest laws
  • tagged this with Important 2017-01-14 10:47:53 -0800
  • commented 2016-12-20 21:09:10 -0800
    Money become a barrier to democracy and justice, it takes money to be elected, money influences policy, money limits the diversity of candidates. Take the money out of politics, shorten the election cycle, potential candidates must provide some up front money and a list of supporters to be considered. All candidates would receive equal treatment and would be judged on their platforms not their celebrity.
  • tagged this with Important 2016-12-20 21:09:10 -0800
  • commented 2016-12-14 14:17:05 -0800
    David, As Research and Policy Chair and Vice Chair of the Platform Policy Advisory Committee I want to thank you for your suggestions. Political reform and the new economy are both very important issues.
    Bill Masse
  • commented 2016-11-24 08:49:13 -0800
    Yes. Ban corporate / union/group donations, and limit the amount that individuals can donate. Return to a “per vote” payment to political parties; this will become more fair when we have proportional representation and smaller parties stop losing votes — because citizens will no longer feel the need to use “strategic voting” to achieve a given result.
  • tagged this with Important 2016-11-24 08:49:13 -0800
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