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BC Election Campaign Finances

/ 97.3 The Eagle
             Experts say that without competitive elections where government changes hands, British Columbia is likely to remain a “wild west” of campaign finance, with wealthy corporations and unions donating unlimited amounts of money. Max Cameron, a political scientist at the University of British Columbia, says what is needed for reform to happen is genuinely competitive elections where government changes. Robert MacDermid, an expert in campaign finance who teaches at York University in Toronto, says political fundraising laws are meaningless unless they are accompanied by the resources needed to enforce them. The incumbent B-C Liberals have said if they win the May 9th election, they will set up a panel to look into the issue of campaign financing, while the N-D-P has vowed to ban union and corporate donations.

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