We know something is wrong with the relationships and connections between City Hall and what is happening in our neighbourhoods and communities. We need to change how we do politics in Vancouver to ensure that citizens drive local democracy – not money.
OneCity believes we need the following changes to our local electoral system to make City Hall more accountable to our neighbourhoods and communities.
Ward system. We need to change the way we elect our City Council. We need a ward system, with councillors representing neighbourhoods and constituents, and councillors who are directly accountable to the residents of their neighbourhood.
Campaign finance reform. Vancouver needs the right kind of campaign finance reform. We need strict limits on donations and strict limits on spending by candidates in the elections themselves. Once those donation and spending limits are in place, then we can ban union and corporate donations. You can find OneCity's complete position on this issue here.