Significant issues in report from Local Elections Expense Limits Committee. No separate caps on political parties.

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2014-leel-consultations-reportThe BC Legislature released its first report of the Special Committee on Local Election Expense Limits on December 15, 2014. (The outcome of this process will affect the 2018 civic elections.) The report is a disappointment.

There are in fact parts of the report that indicate that the Province is seeking no significant changes for Vancouver. Consider, for example, the following comment on local political parties (the “electoral organizations”):

“On balance, Members concluded that a middle approach of no separate additional expense limit for elector organizations was desirable for meeting the interests of communities across the province, including larger cities where elector organizations tend to have the most significant role.”

For whom is this desirable? Democratic interests? Or big money interests? The section continues and notes:

“As an additional measure to promote neutrality, the maximum an elector organization would be able to spend would be the value of the combined total of…

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