British Columbia ends era of ‘big money’ in politicsStaff Writer | September 21, 2017
The Government of British Columbia has introduced legislation to put an end to big money in politics and put people back at the heart of government decision-making.
Canada The last big-money election
“This legislation will make sure 2017 was the last big-money election in our province,” said Attorney General David Eby.
“The days of limitless donations, a lack of transparency and foreign and corporate influence over our elections are history.”
The Election Amendment Act, 2017, will:
- End corporate and union donations
- Limit individual contributions to $1,200 a year, the second-lowest limit in Canada
- Ban out-of-province donations
- Cap contributions to third-party election advertisers
- Require ongoing public reporting of all fundraisers attended by major party leaders, cabinet ministers and parliamentary secretaries, including those held in private residences
- Reduce campaign spending limits for candidates and political parties by about 25%
- Set new fines and penalties for contraventions of election financing and advertising laws. ■