Platform to keep elected officials accountable and help voters maintain trust
Vancouver – Today, Vancouver mayoral candidate Kennedy Stewart announced his platform to increase transparency and accountability before, during, and after civic elections.
“Increasing the confidence people have in our government starts before elections. We need to put an end to anonymous advertising and US-style smear campaigns,” said Stewart. “Independent candidates, political parties and third-party advertisers all need to disclose where their donations are coming from and what they are spending money on.”
The platform, By The People, For the People, seeks to make government work for everyone. Full platform details are available at: kennedystewart.ca/trust. Key promises include:
End Big Money Influence on Elections
Require all elected officials and civic political parties be subject to the existing provincial regulations governing campaign finance between elections, including annual disclosure of donations.
Require all local election candidates and local third-party advertisers provide regular disclosures of donations between January 1 and election day during an election year.
End Big Money Influence Between Elections:
Bring in tough new rules requiring elected officials to proactively disclose assets and prohibit them from working outside City Hall, if these activities are likely to conflict with their public duties.
Prohibit elected officials and key staff members from accepting government contracts or lobbying for 12 months after leaving their positions.
Require lobbyists declare details of their activities on an online registry and make this information available for the public to view free of charge and levy fines for non- compliance.
Make Every Vote Count
If city residents vote in the November provincial referendum to change to a proportional representation system, then future local elections will be conducted using Pro Rep.
If Pro Rep is rejected in the fall referendum, then future local elections will be conducted using neighbourhood constituencies, similar to those used at the federal and provincial level.
Open up the Mayor’s Office
Launch an online petition system to enable residents to write petitions for others to sign online or in-person. Depending on the number of signatures gathered, the petitioner will receive a direct response from the mayor’s office or be invited to take part in a special petition hearing chaired by the mayor.
A More Inclusive City
Fully fund and implement the City of Vancouver’s women’s equity strategy and use an intersectional lens to make the city better for women, Indigenous people, the LGBTQ2s+ community, visible minorities, cultural communities, people living with disabilities, and other equity-seeking groups.
To demonstrate his commitment to transparency, Stewart released the details of all contributions to his campaign since launching his bid for mayor on May 10. A total of 1,011 donors contributed $101,368.96 to his campaign between May 10 and September 17. Nearly three-quarters of his donors contributed less than $100.
“As part of my ongoing mayoral campaign finance disclosure, I have committed to naming all donors contributing $100 or more in advance of the fall municipal election,” continued Stewart. “As mayor I would call on the province to tighten up rules to make this the norm.”
The accountability platform builds on Stewart’s housing platform, released last week, which focusses on both demand and supply-side issues. It was the result of months of extensive consultation with renters, homeowners, architects, small developers and non-profits.