On April 13, 2021, the Legislative Assembly agreed that a Special Committee be appointed to conduct a review of the annual allowance paid to political parties under section 215.02 of the Election Act (R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 106) including, without limiting this, a review of the following:
- Whether an annual allowance paid to political parties should be continued to be paid after 2022.
- If an annual allowance to political parties is to be continued,
- the amount of the annual allowance, and
- the number of years the annual allowance is to be paid.
Section 215.03 of the Act requires the Special Committee to submit a report to the Legislative Assembly within six months of its appointment.
The Committee released its report on August 9, 2021, with recommendations that the annual allowance paid to political parties be made permanent after 2022 and be set in 2023 at the current rate of $1.75 per vote received in the last provincial general election, with adjustments thereafter for inflation. The Committee's review was informed by 11 presentations and 103 written submissions and one video submission received during its public consultation process. Committee Members would like to thank all those who shared their views and provided input on this important issue.
Read more in the Media Release.