Prov­ince look­ing to re­form mu­nic­i­pal cam­paign fi­nanc­ing

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VIC­TO­RIA — The Bri­tish Columbia gov­ern­ment is aim­ing to take big money out of mu­nic­i­pal pol­i­tics with leg­is­la­tion that bans cor­po­rate and union do­na­tions and lim­its do­na­tions by in­di­vid­u­als to $1,200.

Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs Min­is­ter Selina Robin­son says the cam­paign fi­nance re­forms fol­low sim­i­lar changes to the gov­ern­ment’s Elec­tion Act amend­ments in­tro­duced last month for pro­vin­cial po­lit­i­cal par­ties.

She says the cam­paign fi­nance re­forms in­tro­duced Mon­day are ex­pected to be passed by the leg­is­la­ture this year and will be in ef­fect for mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions next fall.

Union of B.C. Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties pres­i­dent Wendy Booth says her or­ga­ni­za­tion sup­ports the changes be­cause they bring fair­ness to cam­paigns and make run­ning for lo­cal of­fice more ac­ces­si­ble.

Robin­son says the pro­posed leg­is­la­tion also bans out of prov­ince con­tri­bu­tions to lo­cal elec­tions.

The pro­posed pro­vin­cial cam­paign fi­nance re­form leg­is­la­tion has sparked an out­cry from the Op­po­si­tion Lib­er­als for its plans to of­fer po­lit­i­cal par­ties about $30 mil­lion over five years in pub­lic funds to help tran­si­tion out of the for­mer sys­tem.

ALASKA HIGH­WAY NEWS PHOTO BY MATT PREPROST

Vanessa and Amanda Ap­sassin re­call their sis­ter Pamela Napoleon as a lov­ing sis­ter and mother who cared deeply about fam­ily and com­mu­nity.

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