Electoral Reform

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

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

and/or

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

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

13.2.1 Restricting campaign donations to individual persons.

13.2.2 Setting limits on the amounts individuals can contribute.

13.2.3 Setting limits on the amounts individuals and parties can spend during an election.

13.2.4 Implementing public funding of political parties based on the number of votes each party received in the immediately preceding election.

13.2.5 COPE supports NSV (Appendix 1) in the context of this province-wide initiative including implementation of public funding of civic / municipal political parties.

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

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

13.5 COPE will reinstate city-funded door-to-door voter enumeration to make sure that renters, indigenous people, other racialized groups, and homeless people that have been systematically disenfranchised are not left off the voter rolls.

13.6 COPE will ensure that there are more polling stations, distributed equitably across the city during municipal elections, and allow free transit on election day.