Globe and Mail: B.C.’s Attorney-General not intent on capping election spending

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August 15 2017 | Mike Hager

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British Columbia’s Attorney-General says his government has no plans to tighten the amount parties can spend on elections because coming changes to campaign-finance rules will hamstring them from raising as much money from corporations, unions and the province’s elite.

On Tuesday, Elections BC released preliminary income and expense filings from all parties that showed the incumbent Liberals spent almost twice what the rival New Democrats spent – $13.6-million to $7.9-million – in May’s election. The result was a hung parliament and the NDP eventually forming government with the support of three Green MLAs.

In the 2013 election, the Liberals spent $11.7-million to the NDP’s $9.4-million.

Attorney-General David Eby said this type of spending should go down once his government tables a blanket ban on corporate and union donations and sets limits on individual contributions, which it is pledging to do as quickly as possible when the legislative session resumes this fall.

“One of the things driving the spending is these big-money donations,” he told The Globe and Mail late on Tuesday. “We know that people are sick of big-money elections and that’s why we’re bringing in the legislation.”

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