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Tuesday 8 May 2012

Vancouver Sun: Election Law Crushes Small Spenders

Election law crushes small spenders

Vancouver Sun
Vincent Gogolek, Shannon Daub and Michael Vonn
May 7, 2012

The British Columbia government wants you to shut up during the next election.

That’s the message that emerges when you read between the lines of its proposed amendments to the Election Act.

Premier Christy Clark claims she is trying to prevent Big Money from buying provincial elections. Her government has reintroduced a controversial measure to limit “third party election advertising” before the start of a provincial election campaign.

But what the premier doesn’t mention is that the Election Act requires third parties to register with Elections BC before they are even allowed to speak up.

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