Election Advertising

B.C.'s Local Election Reforms Do Nothing for Democracy

Dermod Travis | Posted 12.21.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

No matter how well-intentioned the B.C. government's first round of electoral reforms may be, they are -- for the most part -- cosmetic in nature when contrasted against the public's very real loss of confidence in local democracy. Without meaningful electoral finance reform including election spending and contribution limits, candidacy for local government will -- by and large -- remain the purview of the affluent and well-connected.

B.C. Election Law Is A Comedy Of Errors

Vincent Gogolek | Posted 12.12.2012 | Canada British Columbia
Vincent Gogolek

Faulty advertising rules caused extensive problems for small spenders such as non-profit and charity groups during the 2009 B.C. election. The rules led to widespread confusion, wasted resources, anxiety and, most dangerously, self-censorship among organizations that spent little or nothing on election advertising. The government should have (and could have) fixed this situation when it was amending the law this spring, but chose not to.

No Ads Before Elections, Ontario NDP Proposes

CP | Romina Maurino, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.19.2011 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Ontario's New Democrats want to ban all political advertisements before elections and make leaders own up to negative ads if they choose to ...