It’s a big day. Today, the new provincial government introduced legislation to eliminate corporate money in municipal politics.
Vision Vancouver has been pushing for these reforms for years. Mayor Robertson and your Vision city councillors have introduced motion after motion calling on the province to ban big money in politics. We even filed a submission with the Special Committee on Local Expense Limits. Councillor Andrea Reimer in particular has been an outspoken advocate for campaign finance reform, and deserves our thanks for her work.
Vancouver’s municipal elections are now among the most expensive in the country. In 2011, a single developer wrote a $900,000 cheque to our opponents at the NPA — the largest political donation in Canadian history. It’s not sustainable, and we’re grateful to the province for stepping up with today’s changes.
Local election campaign finance reform is good for Vancouver, and good for our democracy.
Vision Vancouver has always been powered by people and ideas. Today’s announcement lets us focus on what we’re good at — delivering progressive policies, building a green economy, and working to make life more affordable in Vancouver.
The hard work of funding our 2018 election campaign begins now. If you’d like to show your support, please stand with us and make a donation today. Donations from our community of supporters like you will help fuel this movement.
We are pleased with today’s announcement, and are preparing to fight the 2018 election under the new rules; it’s now a level playing field for all parties — and we’re up to the challenge.
Your Vision Vancouver team
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