North Vancouver mayoral candidate George Pringle urges financial transparency (Carlito Pablo, The Straight, 8-Oct-2014): Implications for all municipalities

COL_News_George Pringle_2442, straight, 8-Oct-2014See full article by Carlito Pablo in the Georgia Straighthttp://www.straight.com/news/744646/north-vancouver-mayoral-candidate-george-pringle-urges-financial-transparency. We add the link to George Pringle’s blog: www.georgepringle.ca

Excerpts:

A LONG-SHOT MUNICIPAL candidate is doing what big-name B.C. politicians with deep-pocket friends likely won’t.

George Pringle, who wants to become mayor of the City of North Vancouver, is posting campaign donations on his website as soon as he receives them. Municipal election laws don’t require continuous disclosure of political contributions. B.C. candidates and civic parties have 120 days after the November 15 election to file a financial statement.

“I believe that things should be very transparent and upfront,” Pringle told the Georgia Straight in a phone interview.

… Although the 55-year-old disabled military veteran expects campaign financing to be a major issue in many municipalities, he noted that donations in his city are small compared to those across Burrard Inlet.

“The real problem is in Vancouver,” Pringle said.

Between the ruling Vision Vancouver and its main opponent, the Non-Partisan Association, the two developer-friendly parties received almost $5 million in campaign donations for the 2011 election.

Neither Vision nor the NPA would grant the Straight an interview about the idea of continuous disclosure of contributions….

 … In North Vancouver, where there are no civic parties, Mayor Darrell Mussatto got more than $52,000, mostly from labour unions and developers, in the last campaign.

He added that continuous disclosure is an “honourable” thing for politicians to do. Although Pringle described his chances in this election as “one in a hundred”, he’s a leader on one score.

 

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