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Councillor_votes_totals_EOs2There are currently no spending limits in place for municipal elections in the City of Vancouver or in any BC municipality. Changes are being considered in the legislation governing local elections in British Columbia. One of the changes that is being considered by a Legislative Committee is to impose spending limits on local elections.

During the 2014 election, the declared spending by Vision Vancouver was $3.43 million while the NPA spent around $2.39 million. The spending by these two parties and the candidates running for these parties combined made up for approximately 90% of the spending by all local municipal parties and candidates in the City of Vancouver.

The Special Committee on Local Elections Expense Limits is conducting a series of Public Hearings in BC. Feedback is also possible via an online survey and in the form of written submissions. The next Public Hearing in Vancouver will…

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