Topic: Municipal Election Finance Reforms
 
October 13rd, 2010 06:29

Few incumbents favour ban on corporate contributions

Fair Vote Canada surveyed 474 municipal councillors and mayors in Ontario's 42 largest cities, not including Toronto - asking if they supported a ban on corporate and union campaign contributions in municipal elections.

Only 35 city councillors and two mayors willing to support a ban on corporate and union campaign contributions in municipal elections (see list here) – a ban already instituted in many jurisdictions in Canada.

 

October 13rd, 2010 06:29

Supporting citizen centered campaigns

  • Ban corporate and union contributions
  • Financial contributors to a candidate’s campaign must be of voting age
  • Financial contributors to a candidate’s campaign must reside within the municipality where the candidate is nominated
  • Ban the self-financing of campaigns
  • Limit the number of contributions by a single contributor

 

October 13rd, 2010 06:29

Improving transparency

 

  • Require the posting of campaign financial statements on city websites
  • Require that contributors disclose their home address.

 

October 13rd, 2010 06:29

Improving regulation and oversight

  • Establish an office to review campaign financial statements for omissions and errors
  • Independent campaign finance audit committee.

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Controlling campaign costs

  • Include all campaign expenditures under the limit.
  • Keeping campaign expenditure limits low

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Closing loopholes and increasing fairness

 

  • Carrying forward campaign surpluses must be ended.
  • Regulating campaign deficits
  • The value of paid volunteer labour must be included as a contribution from the employer

 

October 13rd, 2010 06:29

Supporting campaigns

  • Require municipalities to create a contribution rebate program

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