Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Deadline for Election Expense Review comments is coming up
The proposal for expense limits for election participants was one of the recommendations made by the Local Government Elections Task Force, which began its work in 2010 with a number of recommendations to modernize and reform local government finance rules.
Consultation on a white paper on the theme was completed in October with a Discussion paper on that theme was released for review in November.
It provides much in the way of background on the topic and the history of Task Force Recommendations.
You can review that document here.
Some of the key points that have come out of the Task Force discussion phase include:
The Province would set the expense limits
Candidates and third party advertisers would be subject to expense limits
Expense limits would be sensitive to population size
Expense limits would also apply in Board of Education elections
Elections BC would enforce the limits as apart of its role in enforcing campaign finance rules
The Provincial Government is inviting feedback on the Discussion paper, accepting comments until January 31st.
There are three ways to provide your comments to the Reform process
By way of email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or through the mail at:
Local Government Elections Reform
Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development
PO Box 9847
STN Prov Govt
Victoria BC V8W 9T2
The topic of the electoral reform prospects is one that caught the interest of Councillor Joy Thorkelson, she made mention of the looming deadline at the January 6th session of City Council, urging both the city's council and residents to learn more about the topic and to offer their comments on the proposals.
The topic also came up for discussion at the most recent School District 52 session.
Any legislative amendments that are recommended by stakeholders and approved by the Legislature will come into effect for local elections after 2014.
The full review of the process, featuring much of the background information on it can be found from the website dedicated to the theme, which you can find here.