NEWS RELEASE · 19th May 2010
BC NDP Caucus
New Democrat Leader Carole James today tabled a campaign finance reform bill that would change the way B.C.’s political parties are financed and put citizens back at the centre of our democracy.
“We have the opportunity to make British Columbia a leader in democratic reform, to rebuild public faith and public confidence in institutions of government. These campaign finance reforms are key to B.C.’s democratic renewal,” said James.
Under the Campaign Finance Reform Act, individual British Columbians will be able to contribute to political parties; institutions will not. This bill also allows for a review of B.C.’s campaign finance system by the Chief Electoral Officer, including recommendations for further reforms.
“While other provinces have passed strict campaign finance rules, B.C. has moved in the opposite direction. This bill will take big money out of politics and put B.C. back on the leading edge of democratic renewal.
“I’m calling on the B.C. Liberals to set aside partisan politics and take up this opportunity to implement these reforms. They’re a critical first step toward restoring public confidence in our democratic system,” said James.
The Campaign Finance Reform Act is one of several Private Member’s Bills introduced by the Official Opposition to renew B.C.’s democratic system. They’ve also proposed tough new conflict of interest laws and reforms to B.C.’s Lobbyist Registration Act.