Proposed changes to municipal election rules in the province have drawn mixed reaction from some Nanaimo officials.
The province announced last week that it is making changes to local government election rules based on recommendations of a joint provincial and Union of British Columbia Municipalities Task Force.
Changes for the 2014 municipal elections will be spelled out in a white paper set to be released in early September.
There are few details so far, but the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development has listed some of the measures that will be included, including tightening up third-party advertising. Under the new rules, anonymous campaign donations will also be banned.
Currently, local candidates can accept donations of $50 without disclosing the source. Under the new proposal, that would no longer be allowed.
"To be honest with you, I think it's tinkering more than anything else," said Coun. Bill McKay, whose last campaign received no anonymous donations. "I know there are people who want to put caps on donations," he added. There are currently none in place.
Coun. Ted Greves also received no anonymous donations, and said the policy change was "not very significant."
"I don't know what they're trying to address," he added.
Mayor John Ruttan received $69 in anonymous donations, but said he supports the policy change. "All the government is trying to do is come forward with more transparency," he said.
"I think it's a great idea and I support it."
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