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In the maze of federal and provincial regulations of political donations, those for British Columbia are among the most liberal. Any person, corporation or trade union can donate unlimited money to political parties. The provincial Liberals claim that the alternative would be public funding, which they suggest, the public won’t like. BC imposes similar lack of restraint on municipal elections, which Vancouver’s Vision party, unsurprisingly, wants to change.
Political contribution scandals are as old as Confederation, when Prime Minister John A. Macdonald traded the right to build the trans-Canada railway for a secret $350,000 contribution. (Don’t forget that the railway brought British Columbia into Canada, and created the city of Vancouver.) Can we transform the way we fund elections? What are the alternatives? Did you know that political donations are tax deductible?
To help us sort out this critical element of a democratic society, we’re honoured to have Vancouver Councillor Andrea Reimer, Developer Bob Ransford, and UBC Prof. Max Cameron, Director of the Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions.
Then it’s your turn to question, observe, and offer your opinions.
Please note that SFU City Conversations are back in Room 1600.
Registration is not required but seating is limited. Please try to arrive early to ensure a seat.