City Councillors Limit Political Donations
Toronto city councillors have decided they will no longer accept campaign donations from corporations or unions.
"This is kind of a revolutionary day, " Councillor Michael Walker, who pushed for the reform, said after the 29-12 vote. "We've broken the dam of resistance". The issue has been before Toronto council off and on for several years, but the politicians haave resisted reform until now.
This means that future candidates will have to rely on individuals to fund their campaigns. Toronto city council also voted to study the feasbility of providing some city funding for campaigns.
And here's a piece on Councillor Jenkins' position:
Jenkins asked councillors to listen to their citizens. He said when he was first elected, he got no offers of corporate donations until he eventually emerged as a front-runner, and then was surprised to see a flow of unsolicited offers of support.
"What they were trying to do, I believe was have influence – perhaps undue influence – on decisions being made at council," he said.
And here is a CATCH article that lists which Hamilton City Councillors have accepted corporate and union donations, and the degree to which they have. Click here to see