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Special Committee on Local Elections Expense Limits

 

 

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Welcome

The all-party Special Committee on Local Elections Expense Limits conducted an examination of expense limit amounts for candidates, including, but not limited to, the general relationship between limits for the various offices, and for third party advertisers in local elections.

During the first phase of its work, the Committee examined and made recommendations on principles for local elections expense limits and released its report on December 15, 2014. The Committee released its final report on the second phase of its work with respect to local elections expense limit amounts on June 26, 2015.

2014 local elections campaign expenditure data compiled from financial disclosure statements posted by Elections BC on its website in February 2015 is available under Related Links. The dataset includes reported campaign spending amounts for more than 3,540 candidates, elector organizations and third party advertisers, for campaign and pre-campaign periods.

Terms of Reference

​On February 24, 2015, the Legislative Assembly agreed that a Special Committee on Local Elections Expense Limits be appointed to examine, inquire into and make recommendations to the Legislative Assembly by June 26, 2015* on expense limit amounts for candidates, including, but not limited to, the general relationship between limits for the various offices, and for third party advertisers in local elections.

The Special Committee shall specifically consider spending data from the 2014 local elections and other comparative information in making the above recommendations.

The Special Committee shall undertake the above examination with due regard for the following:

  • The Report of the Local Government Elections Task Force, including principles (May 2010);
  • The Expense Limits in Local Elections - Summary Report on Expense Limits Engagement (May 2014);
  • The Local Elections Campaign Financing Act, 2014, including its application to elections for mayors, councillors, electoral area directors, Islands Trust trustees, parks board commissioners and boards of education trustees;
  • The expense limits model approved by Government in July 2014, which is to have provincially-set limits for candidates and third party advertisers in local elections, with limits to be set using a flat-rate amount for jurisdictions under 10,000 people and a per capita formula for those over 10,000 and third party limits as a percentage of a candidate's limit in the jurisdiction where the third party is advertising;
  • The Special Committee on Local Elections Expense Limit report (December 2014); and
  • The nature of local elections and the differences between local and provincial election systems.

The Special Committee shall limit its consideration of campaign finance topics to forming recommendations on expense limits for local elections.

The Special Committee shall have all the powers of a Select Standing Committee and in addition is empowered to:

  • Appoint of their number one or more subcommittees and to refer to such subcommittees any of the matters referred to the Committee;
  • Sit during a period in which the House is adjourned, during the recess after prorogation until the next following Session and during any sitting of the House;
  • Conduct consultations by any means the Committee considers appropriate;
  • Adjourn from place to place as may be convenient; and
  • Retain personnel as required to assist the Committee.

The Special Committee shall report to the House on the above date, or as soon as possible, and shall deposit the original of its reports with the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly during a period of adjournment and upon resumption of the sittings of the House, the Chair shall present all reports to the Legislative Assembly.


* As agreed on May 28, 2015

Contact Information

​Special Committee on Local Elections Expense Limits
c/o Parliamentary Committees Office
Room 224, Parliament Buildings
Victoria, BC V8V 1X4
Canada

Phone: 250-356-2933 (collect) or 1-877-428-8337 (toll-free)
Fax: 250-356-8172
Email: LocalElectionsCommittee@leg.bc.ca

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