Friday, January 29, 2010

Local Government Elections Task Force

The Local Government Elections Task Force has a website up and is looking for input from the public.

The core issues they are looking for input on are:
  • Campaign finance, including contribution/spending disclosure and limits, and tax credits
  • Enforcement processes and outcomes
  • Role of the chief electoral officer (B.C.) in local government elections
  • Election cycle (term of office)
  • Corporate vote
The members of the task force are:
  • Harry Nyce, Nisga'a - President of UBCM (co-chair)
  • Bill Bennett, Minister of Community and Rural Development (co-chair)
  • Barbara Steele, Councillor City of Surrey and First Vice-President of UBCM
  • Mary Sjostrom, Mayor of Quesnel and Third Vice-President of UBCM
  • Donna Barnett, MLA, Cariboo-Chilcotin
  • Douglas Horne, MLA, Coquitlam-Burke Mountain

They will be taking written submissions until April 15th at localelectionstaskforce@gov.bc.ca

The task force will be making recommendations to the Province and the Union of BC Municipalities by May 30th.

I will be writing a detailed submission including the need for the task force to look at how we elect our local councilors, the committee members can add other areas to make recommendations on.
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