For the sixth time, the City of Vancouver will look at election and campaign finance reform today.
Green councillor Adriane Carr will present a motion that asks the provincial government to amend the Vancouver Charter.
She wants a ban on donations from developers, corporations, and unions, as well as a $5-thousand cap on individual donations.
“2011 there was one donation from one individual that was $940,000. In the last election, 2014, we saw a donation that was over $100,000, one company that gave a donation of over $300,000. It really does beg the question in the public’s mind of how much influence does a donation of that amount play.”
“I know it’s the sixth time, it’s in front of City Hall, but sometimes you have to just keep doing things until you actually get the job accomplished and that job is to limit the kind of donations, the size of them, and limit the spending as well in our local elections.”
Carr also says total campaign spending should be based on a per voter formula- rather than per capita.