Deadline extended for public input on key finance reform limits to Dec 5th. Public hearing Nov 29th

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BC LegislatureThe deadline for public input on key changes to British Columbia’s municipal elections finance limits has been extended to Friday, December 5, 2014. As well, an additional Public Hearing has been scheduled in Surrey on Saturday, November 29th (9am to 4pm) to allow for further public comment.

Residents of Vancouver and of other municipalities in the Lower Mainland saw the large impact of unrestricted campaign spending in 2014. Did big money interests in Vancouver buy another election?

A total of $4,520,006 of donations were voluntarily declared prior to the election by 5 parties. The donations for Vision Vancouver and the NPA combined for 96.4% or $4.35 million of all declared contributions. Vision elected 12 representatives while the NPA elected 11. The Green Party of Vancouver managed to elect 4 officials, with total donations of just $54,933. None of the candidates from other parties were voted in, nor…

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