Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Ted McMeekin announced today that the government will introduce a series of motions to Bill 181, the Municipal Elections Modernization Act, including:
- Making the optional ban on corporate and union donations mandatory
- Changing the definition of third party advertising to only cover advertisements made in support of or opposition to candidates and ballot item questions (the current definition was criticized as being too restrictive)
- Reversing the provision in Bill 181 that would have required volunteer firefighters to take a leave of absence when running for office
The Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs will meet tomorrow to consider these and other amendments. We will continue to provide updates as they become available.
For more you can read the Minister’s Statement: