Epic battles for democracy on two fronts yesterday: BC Legislature and Vancouver City Council. Who won? Who lost?

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BC Legislature building An epic battle was fought on two fronts yesterday for the very foundations of our society and civic democratic systems.  The critical issue is who pays for civic election campaign, and how much they can pay . While the world was distracted with other things, these twin dramas unfolded in B.C. Legislature and Vancouver City Council . Citizens who care, please contact your MLA  and Vancouver City Council to tell them what you think of all this. Debate continues today in Legislature at 10 am .

Proposing an amendment to the draft Local Elections Campaign Financing Act (Bill 20), MLA Vicki Huntington almost changed B.C. history. Her proposal to delete just two words (“an organization”) from the text would have effectively banned corporate and union donations in municipal elections. Her justification:

huntington-Vicki, webThere comes a time, and perhaps the time is now, when we have to stand up and say: “Look, the people are extremely…

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