Alberta wants to tighten up spending, contributions on municipal elections

The Alberta government is tightening up spending, contribution and disclosure rules around municipal elections.

The changes mirror rules already brought in by Premier Rachel Notley’s government to limit contributions and increase transparency around provincial campaigns.

The new rules were introduced today by Municipal Affairs Minister Shaye Anderson.

“We heard from Albertans that elections should be decided by people, not by money,” Anderson said in a statement.

“Our government made provincial elections fairer and more transparent, and now we are committed to doing the same on the municipal level.”

Under the proposed legislation, corporate and union donations will be banned.

Individuals can donate up to $4,000 to municipal campaigns as well as to school board races.

If the bill is passed, the new rules will kick in Jan. 1.

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