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B.C. to ban corporate, union donations from recall campaigns

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(via Province of British Columbia)

B.C.’s attorney general says the province will ban corporate and union donations from recall campaigns.

According to David Eby, the aim is to bring such campaigns under the same donation restrictions that now exist for general elections, which includes a $1,200 threshold, and an outright donation ban for corporations and unions.

Expected next week, the proposed legislation also looks to forbid a recall campaign in the six months before a general election. If passed, it would require third-party advertisers to register and disclose their funding sources.

As of November 9, voters can begin petitioning Elections BC to remove a member of the legislative assembly elected in 2017.

The recall process is unique to British Columbia, and current legislation restricts recall campaigns from starting until at least 18 months after a general election.

The new legislation will not regulate fundraising and spending before a recall campaign is officially filed with Elections BC.

Three MLAs are currently the targets of unofficial recall efforts: Langley East MLA Rich Coleman, Abbotsford South MLA Darryl Plecas, and Eby, MLA for Vancouver-Point Grey.

– Hayley Woodin, Business in Vancouver