VIDEO: Ban on corporate and union donations for municipal campaigns given royal assent

Legislation bans corporate and union donations and caps individual campaign donations at $1,200

Legislation to ban corporate and union donations for municipal political campaigns was given royal assent on Thursday (Nov. 30). It will take effect for 2018.

“It was an amazingly fast turnaround for the province,” said Oak Bay Mayor Nils Jensen. “We made that request in September and in October they were already preparing legislation. I certainly commend the government for that. It was lightning speed.”

The legislation originated from Oak Bay. A motion was brought forward at the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) conference by Oak Bay councillor Kevin Murdoch, after learning that similar legislation was in the works for provincial campaigns. Andrew Weaver, provincial Green Party leader and MLA for Oak Bay-Gordon Head, spoke in support of Murdoch’s motion. The first day it was introduced the motion failed; however, with the help of Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps, it was brought back for reconsideration and passed with a majority.

Murdoch credits Minister Selena Robinson for stepping up and making it a top priority and getting the staff to draft the legislation.

“It really is a no-brainer,” said Jensen. “If one person who has deep pockets can change the course of an election, that’s not something that is tolerable in a free and democratic society.”

The legislation also puts a cap of $1,200 on individual donations, while allowing self-funded campaigns to double that to $2,400.


 

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