The Wild West days of campaign spending in B.C.’s municipal elections may soon be over.
The province has introduced legislation to cap expenses for mayoral and other candidates for civic government.
The bill proposes a flat limit of $5,000 to $10,000 per candidate in small towns, with the cap sliding per capita for bigger cities.
The bill would also cap spending by third parties at five per cent of candidates’ spending.
Unregulated campaign spending has been sharply criticized in cities like Vancouver, where the two largest parties, Vision Vancouver and the NPA, together spent more than $5 million during the 2014 municipal election campaign.