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The Tyee Confused On BC NDP’s Position on Campaign Financing Reform

November 30, 2009

The Tyee reported during the second day of the BC New Democratic Party, the convention-goers rejected public financing, allowing for the continuation of political donations from big money, corporations, and labour.

However, that is not the case.

Earlier, the convention-goers did vote in favour of a resolution which, in part, called for:

… legislating campaign finance to take big money out of elections and put individuals voters at the centre of the political process. (Resolution B2009-01)

Then, what was the resolution that was voted against, and therefore responsible for the Tyee’s misconception? This one:

…That a BC NDP government will implement provincial political public financing laws that mirror those now in use during federal political campaigns. (Resolution B2009-02)

One can see how one would think that the BC NDP voted against public financing; after all the federal campaign financing system limits the amount that individuals can donate and prevents corporations and labour from donating. In fact, I am certain that the intent of the original resolution: to limit individual donation and ban corporate and labour donations.

However, most of the convention delegates read a little further into that resolution (too far, if you ask me.) Most of the delegates contended that this resolution would be calling for an near exact duplication of federal political donation laws, and then pointed out some of the administrative problems that have been faced by political parties while working under these laws. The conclusion of their arguments: why duplicate a flawed law when a made-in-BC law with all of the flawed fix could be made?

The wangling was confusing, but the desire of the BC New Democrat Convention is clear: they would like see reform of the campaign financing laws so that political donations from individuals are limited and donations from corporations and unions are banned, but they want to have it implemented in a manner differently than it was federally.


  1. November 30, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    How many people would you say were at convention?

    • November 30, 2009 at 9:37 pm

      A little over 600 people

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