Shorten, not lengthen, the time between elections: Municipal lawyer Jonathan Baker to Province on electoral reform

This topic is of highest priority. Time is of the essence. New Provincial legislation is imminent within days or weeks.

BC Election Campaign Finance Reform Network

Jonathan Baker photo 2013Leading municipal lawyer Jonathan Baker has kindly shared with us his submission to the Province of British Columbia on local government election reform.

Mr. Baker’s primary point is this: The object of campaign finance reform is to reduce the amount of systemic corruption. The most effective way of achieving this goal, however, may not be finance reform at all. It is to shorten, not lengthen, the time between elections.

We urge other citizens everywhere to send in their comments . The deadline for public input on this topic is Friday, Jan 31, 2014. Click the link to the official website here or e-mail localgovelectionreform@gov.bc.ca. Draft legislation is set to be tabled on or soon after Feb 11. Please also talk to your MLA. See our Take Action page.

With Mr. Baker’s permission, we copy the entire letter below. His blog is http://jonathan-baker.blogspot.ca/.

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One Response to Shorten, not lengthen, the time between elections: Municipal lawyer Jonathan Baker to Province on electoral reform

  1. urbanizta says:

    Reblogged this on CityHallWatch: Tools to engage in Vancouver city decisions and commented:

    This topic is of critical importance. Be aware that the Province of BC is seriously considering going immediately to four-year terms, from the current three, and to adopt a one-size-fits all legislation package. But the situations of BC’s diverse municipalities are very different. Vancouver, Surrey, Burnaby and Richmond in particular are special cases, with powerful political powers funded by corporations, developers, unions, and special interests having absolute power of City Hall. See graph showing extreme differences. http://bcecfrn.wordpress.com/2014/01/28/populations/

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