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Vaughan to consider election reforms

Vaughan’s city council, battered by a slew of post-campaign audits, isbeing asked to consider significant changes in how elections there arerun — including prohibiting the use of money raised in previouscampaigns and requiring candidates to disclose their donor lists beforeelection day.

Vaughan’s city council, battered by a slew of post-campaign audits, is being asked to consider significant changes in how elections there are run — including prohibiting the use of money raised in previous campaigns and requiring candidates to disclose their donor lists before election day.

Those are among 19 recommendations by the Task Force on Democratic Participation and Renewal, a city-appointed group that has spent two years trying to figure out how to perk up citizen interest in municipal government.

In a city plagued by low voter turnouts and plenty of reasons for cynicism — given the raft of election-finance charges laid this year against sitting and former politicians — promoting engagement in politics is an uphill task.

It’s unclear yet how Vaughan council will react to the proposals.

The provincial minister of municipal affairs is reviewing changes to the Municipal Elections Act and is expected to come forward with proposed changes this fall.

 
 
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