Move to limit donations may die, councillors say

Toronto’s proposal to ban union and corporate donations to candidatesin next year’s municipal election is in limbo, and some councillorsfear it could quietly die.

Toronto’s proposal to ban union and corporate donations to candidates in next year’s municipal election is in limbo, and some councillors fear it could quietly die.

The executive committee voted in January to outlaw the practice — paving the way for a campaign season funded by only individual donations of no more than $750. It was to come back to city council in September for final approval, but the item has been put off.

Deferred until October’s executive meeting, on the grounds Queen’s Park might be considering some changes to election law, the item was not brought back.

“We’re worried,” said Cliff Jenkins, who has pushed for the ban along with fellow councillors Michael Walker and Chin Lee.

They’ve filed a notice of motion, to be introduced today, to approve the ban and also prohibit councillors from keeping campaign surpluses for the next go-round.

Mayor David Miller said yesterday that he does not support bringing the corporate and union donations matter to a vote separately, but rather as part of a package of election reforms.

“I indicated … that I would be bringing back all of the reports,” he said, arguing that being sure tenants get on the voters list is just as much a priority.

“They will all be forward in time to be adopted for next year’s election cycle.”

 
 
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