Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Working For The People
Green's want accountability
Released by the
Green Party of BC
Greens believe that political parties and MLAs are not held accountable to
voters. As well, the big-money donors of political parties inevitably
influence government policies whether it be corporate or union donors.
At its AGM, the Green Party of BC passed a Voters' Rights resolution. BC
Greens want legislation that promotes greater honesty and fairness in
politics by emphasizing the voter.
The legislation would provide for:
Publication of political parties' platforms by Elections BC
on-line and in hard copy at public libraries and Service BC
locations in sufficient time for voters to scrutinize the
promises before Election Day
An auditing process by an independent commissioner to determine
if each party has adhered to their platform promises between
Campaign finance reform to limit donations to $2,000 per
political party per year
An annual subsidy of $2 per vote until the next election for any
party receiving 10% of the vote
An Independent Debates Commission to ensure fair rules for the
televised leaders debates
"We believe that voters have a right to expect that candidates and parties
are honest when they present themselves for election," said Jane Sterk,
leader of the Green Party. "These provisions would go a long way to
countering the distrust people feel toward politicians.
"BC Greens believe parties need to be held accountable as do the individuals
who get elected. That doesn't stop on Election Day. The real test is what
the government and opposition do and say after the fact. There should be
consequences for misleading the public.
"The Recall and Initiative Act has provided some recourse but it is an
imperfect and inadequate mechanism of accountability. BC Greens believe an
independent audit between elections would hold parties accountable. With
this legislation in place, the BC Liberals might have thought twice about
selling BC Rail and bringing in the HST like they did.
"The resolution proposes campaign finance reform which BC Greens have long
supported. But we have seen at the federal level that reducing the donation
levels alone is not sufficient to stopping the leverage of special interests
in influencing public policy decisions. That's why we think finance reform
must be just one of a number of reforms.
"BC Greens are also proposing taking the Leaders Debate out of the back-room
where media executives and the ruling an opposition parties decide what is
to their advantage. The Leaders Debate should be in the public interest, not
an opportunity for political games," said Sterk in a release Tuesday. "It
might take a couple of election cycles for parties and candidates
to learn that there are consequences for misrepresenting their intent to the
people. But, eventually, they would have to respond positively to public
pressure for honesty," concluded Sterk.
The Green Party still has no provincial or federal candidates for the
Chilliwack riding. If you think you're interested in running in the May 2013
provincial election, connect with the Green Party of BC at
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