September 13, 2017 12:11 am

Government says electoral reform legislation still has a few pieces to iron out


The NDP are taking longer to introduce election finance reform legislation than expected.

Attorney General and Legislative Review Committee Chair Mike Farnworth isn’t saying when the long-promised legislation will be ready – but that it will be introduced as soon as it is.

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“Legislative drafting is a very complex very thorough process. They take their job very seriously and we want to make sure that when legislation is introduced it’s thorough and is going to do what we say it’s going to do,” says Farnworth.

He says changing a single word can have a massive effect, so they’re being cautious.

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Farnworth adds, “every word means something so if you change often, even one word they you have to go through and check every other section to make sure that you’re not impacting other sections by that one change.”

The NDP and Greens ran on changing party fundraising rules to eliminate corporate and union donations and tighten lobbying regulations.

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