Local Elections Expense Limits Committee Appointed

The Legislative Assembly of British Columbia has appointed an all-party Special Committee on Local Elections Expense Limits.

The Special Committee’s recommendations will support the development of legislation and regulations necessary to implement expense limits for the 2018 local government general election.   These expense-limit rules will apply to municipalities, regional district electoral areas, boards of education, special purpose local governments and third party advertisers.

The committee’s work will be delivered in two phases. First, it will consider and make recommendations regarding the principles for establishing the relationship between elector organizations and their candidates with respect to expense limits and principles for establishing expense limits for third-party advertisers participating in B.C.’s local government elections by Nov. 27, 2014.  The committee will also make recommendations on expense limit amounts for candidates by June 12, 2015.  To develop these recommendations, the committee will consider spending data from the 2014 elections and a model of a flat-rate amount in jurisdictions with fewer than 10,000 people, and a per capita formula for those over 10,000 people. 

The committee's work will draw upon the joint UBCM – B.C. Government Local Government Elections Task Force report and the results of public consultations on expense limits conducted by the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development from November, 2013 to January, 2014.

The committee is comprised of MLAs with direct experience in local government elections and leadership.  Jackie Tegart, MLA for Fraser-Nicola, will convene the committee whose members are:

Mike Bernier, MLA for Peace River South;
Gary Holman, MLA for Saanich North and the Islands;
Marvin Hunt, MLA for Surrey – Panorama;
Jenny Wai Ching Kwan, MLA for Vancouver – Mt. Pleasant;
Linda Reimer, MLA for Port Moody – Coquitlam;
Selina Robinson, MLA for Coquitlam-Maillardville and
Sam Sullivan, MLA for Vancouver – False Creek.

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