COPE will hold a public referendum on electoral reform which will offer the voting public the opportunity to:

  • Keep the current at-large voting system or replace it with a Ward system.

and/or

  • Keep the current first-past-the-post system of voting or replace it with a system of proportional representation.

COPE will work with other municipalities to lobby the provincial government to immediately pass legislation that would reform municipal campaign financing by:

  •  Restricting campaign donations to individual persons.
  • Setting limits on the amounts individuals can contribute.
  • Setting limits on the amounts individuals and parties can spend during an election.
  • Implementing public funding of political parties based on the number of votes each party received in the immediately preceding election.

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COPE supports NSV Point 2 in the context of this province-wide initiative including implementation of public funding of civic /  municipal political parties.

COPE will put all major public capital spending projects to a public referendum.

COPE will work with other municipalities to lobby the provincial government to pass legislation that would enable citizens to recall elected City officials.