Imagine having to read through 10,000 written comments on the same topic. It would probably be a touch on the tedious side — yet that’s exactly what a task force did back in 2010 before issuing 31 recommendations to reform our province’s municipal elections.
The task force included three Liberal MLAs and four elected officials from towns and cities across British Columbia.
What was the most egregious problem they found during their investigation? Campaign finance rules.
In a nutshell, local elections in B.C. have been the Wild West of campaign finance — with candidates allowed to take donations from anyone and spend as much as they like.