February 7, 2013
Electoral Reform Moves Ahead
MLA John van
Dongen lauded for wanting to nix corp donations
Released by Dermod Travis,
commends Delta South MLA Vicki Huntington, Cariboo North MLA Bob Simpson and
Abbotsford South MLA John van Dongen for their six-point agenda for
democratic reform, including changes to B.C.'s electoral finance law and the
On Wednesday, the
three Independent MLAs announced their plan to to improve the
democratic process in B.C.
“It must be getting very lonely for B.C. Liberal party as the only
political party opposed to reforming B.C.'s antiquated electoral
finance laws,” said IntegrityBC executive director Dermod Travis.
“The BC NDP, all three Independent MLAs seeking re-election, the BC
Conservative party, the BC Green party and BC First are all
committed to ensuring that votes count louder than chequebooks.”
IntegrityBC noted that in Vancouver all four major parties support
comparable measures at the local level, including the NPA.
The organization underlined that reforming B.C.'s electoral finance
law to ban corporate and union donations is not a step towards
public allowances for political parties. B.C.'s political parties
are currently subsidized via a tax credit for donors.
Due to the various stakes and competing interests, IntegrityBC
advocates that a Citizens' Assembly or an independent panel be
appointed to review various approaches and viewpoints before making
recommendations to the government on this and other electoral issues
at both the local and provincial levels.
Dermod Travis is
the executive director of IntegrityBC.
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