On October 2, 2009, Premier Gordon Campbell announced a joint Task Force to make recommendations for legislative changes to improve the electoral process for local government elections across B.C.
The six-member Task Force was co-chaired by Bill Bennett, Minister of Community and Rural Development, and Harry Nyce, president of the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM). It included two other UBCM executive members (with a third acting as alternate) and two provincial MLAs
The Task Force reviewed specific issues related to local government elections. Topics reviewed were:
- 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
- Other agreed upon matters, (e.g. matters raised in UBCM resolutions such as eligibility of local government volunteers to be candidates)
On May 28, 2010, the Task Force delivered its recommendations to the Province of B.C. and UBCM in the Report of the Local Government Elections Task Force. The work of the Task Force is now complete. For information on implementation of the recommendations, see www.cd.gov.bc.ca/lgd/governance/taskforce_implementation.htm.
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