Election Campaign Reform Introduced
Prince George, B.C.- The Provincial Government has introduced legislation that will change how election campaigns are financed.
Retroactive to May 9th, 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% to a maximum of $58 thousand per candidate
* Set new fines and penalties for contraventions of election financing and advertising laws
Attorney General David Eby says the changes will “not only end the ‘wild west’ of campaign fundraising, they are an important step in modernizing our democracy.”
Political contributions previously collected that are not allowed under the new rules – including prior donations from unions and corporations or funds collected from a person in excess of $1,200 – cannot be used in future elections.
The reform also includes an allowance for each party ( on a decreasing scale) over the next 5 years provided they received at least 5% of the vote in the constituency in which they ran a candidate. The allowance for 2018 is for $2.50 per vote.
Based on the 2017 election, here is how much taxpayer money will be given to each party in 2018 to help the parties “transition” as the new rules come into play:
Liberals 796,772 votes = $1,991,930.00
NDP 795,106 votes = $1,987,765.00
Green 332,387 votes = $ 830,967.50
In 2019, the allowance will be reduced to $2.25 per vote, then to $2.00 per vote in 2020, and $1.75 per vote in both 2021 and 2022.