Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C. Municipalities Want Campaign Finance Reform Ahead of 2018 Local Elections

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C. Municipalities Want Campaign Finance Reform Ahead of 2018 Local Elections

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B.C. municipalities want campaign finance reform

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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 came Thursday 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 members resurrected it and passed it unanimously, Oak Bay Coun. Kevin Murdoch said.

Murdoch, who drafted the resolution, said 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.

Murdoch said it is important for the resolution to be dealt with quickly.

"This motion was all about timeliness," he said.

"It's always hard to get legislation onto the floor. If this moment passes where it's a key issue, there's a very good chance that it just might take a long time for it to come back again."

The B.C. government is considering legislation that would rein in political fundraising rules at the provincial level, including banning corporate and union donations and limiting individual contributions to $1,200. …

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