Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Halifax-Campaign-Contributions

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Halifax-Campaign-Contributions

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HALIFAX - A suggestion that Halifax councillors who accept money from developers should stop voting on their proposed buildings has rekindled a debate over whether such campaign contributions amount to a conflict of interest.

At last week's Halifax council meeting, residents who are members of the Willow Tree Group urged several councillors who have accepted campaign donations from developer Armco Capital Inc. to excuse themselves from discussions of a proposed condo tower.

Halifax councillor Steve Streatch received a thousand dollars from Armco in last year's election.

He says he doesn't see that as problematic, and the assertion that he shouldn't partake in the debate was an insult to his integrity.

There are currently no rules surrounding corporate or union campaign donations in the Halifax Regional Municipality, however council is currently reviewing its campaign finance regulations. …

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