Alberta Liberal response to Question 5

Question:  What will you do to improve campaign finance and disclosure legislation for Calgary and other municipalities in Alberta?

Answer:  Alberta Liberals believe that this is an area where our province needlessly lags behind other jurisdictions. The PCs had a golden opportunity to make needed amendments when they introduced Bill 7, Election Accountability Amendment Act, shortly after the 2012 election, but beyond moving to a four-year municipal election cycle the result was just the beginning.

Alberta Liberals support amending the Local Authorities Election Act to ban corporate, union and anonymous donations, limit campaign spending to a specified amount per resident or elector, reduce the maximum allowable contribution amount from the current $5,000 to dissuade candidates from relying too heavily on the financial support of a few major donors, require candidates to publicly disclose all their donors and amounts contributed, prohibit candidates from carrying forward surplus funds for use in a subsequent election, and limit the time period to when municipal political contributions can be received to the calendar year in which the election is being held.

As part of our election platform, Alberta Liberals have also committed to make municipal political contributions eligible for a tax receipt in the same manner as provincial and federal political contributions.

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