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2020 City of Victoria By-Election | April 4, 2020


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#1001 Rob Randall

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Posted 08 July 2020 - 10:20 PM

How much can I contribute?
For 2020, you can give a total of $1,224.60 to a local elections candidate or elector organization.

In the year of a general local election or local by-election, unendorsed candidates may contribute an additional $1,200 to their own campaign, and a group of endorsed candidates may contribute an additional $1,200 in total to the campaign of the elector organization.

 

 

My interpretation here is that you can contribute a maximum $1,224.60. That's it. The candidate themselves can contribute and additional $1,200 to their own campaign. But nobody else can add that amount. Only the candidate can contribute $2424.60. Am I reading that correctly?

 

So Aidan, who is ten years old contributed $1,224.60 and an additional $1,200. Aries, who just graduated grade 9, contributed the same amount, as did Alexandra (age unknown). 


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#1002 Rob Randall

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Posted 09 July 2020 - 06:23 AM

I think I understand a bit more now. The byelection was announced late in 2019. The max contribution that year was $1200. So everyone in the family maxed out their 2019 allowance. In 2020 the amount was raised to $1224.60. On Jan. 1, 2020  the family again made the maximum contribution of $1224.60 with Riga adding an additional $1200 as the candidate is allowed to do. 


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#1003 Awaiting Juno

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Posted 09 July 2020 - 08:20 AM

I wish I could take credit for the BHP petition, but someone with more courage and belief in our political system than I have was responsible. I'd like to say I was surprised by the CoV council ignoring the results, but sadly I was not. For the most part, council are despicable bunch for whom I have zero respect.

 

The thing the petition gives is essentially a mailing list, from which you can take the petition and translate it into action.


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#1004 Rob Randall

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Posted 09 July 2020 - 08:27 AM

I don't know what BC or Canadian laws are, but in the US they have restrictions on donations from minors. A child in America is allowed to donate to a political campaign but it must be voluntary and it must be proven the child is and has always been in control of the money.


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#1005 gstc84

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Posted 09 July 2020 - 09:19 AM

I don't know what BC or Canadian laws are, but in the US they have restrictions on donations from minors. A child in America is allowed to donate to a political campaign but it must be voluntary and it must be proven the child is and has always been in control of the money.

 

Under the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act in BC, there's no age restrictions on who can make a campaign contribution - you just have to be a resident of BC, and a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. But there are prohibitions against "indirect contributions" - you can't make a contribution with another person's money [s. 26 (1)(f)], and you can't give money to somebody else for them to make a contribution on your behalf [s. 26 (2.01)]. So unless these kids are independently wealthy...


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#1006 Rob Randall

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Posted 09 July 2020 - 09:58 AM

Under the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act in BC, there's no age restrictions on who can make a campaign contribution - you just have to be a resident of BC, and a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. But there are prohibitions against "indirect contributions" - you can't make a contribution with another person's money [s. 26 (1)(f)], and you can't give money to somebody else for them to make a contribution on your behalf [s. 26 (2.01)]. So unless these kids are independently wealthy...

 

On her official campaign Facebook page there is a post dated June 3 saying that the family's bikes were stolen and they can't afford to replace them and they were not insured as they cannot afford insurance.


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#1007 Nparker

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Posted 09 July 2020 - 10:21 AM

Maybe her campaign can invest in some bikes for going door-to-door.



#1008 Rob Randall

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Posted 09 July 2020 - 10:26 AM

Bikes would be a legitimate expense for efficient, green campaigning. But I'm sure the expensive consultants and professionals shown on her expense reports have already advised that.

 

And it is interesting to spend $6723 for salaries and professional services for a candidate that doesn't even have a web page.


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#1009 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 09 July 2020 - 11:08 AM

not for ilhan omar

#1010 On the Level

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Posted 09 July 2020 - 06:53 PM

So I went through the listing and read the "Candidate Profile" from the city website then checked out the individual websites, facebook pages etc for each candidate.  I am not sure that the "Candidate Profile" always provides a realistic view of the motives and intentions of the individual seeking the position.  Sometime Facebook, Twitter or their website is more telling.

 

Here is what I understand after reading through the materials;

 

Stephen Andrew City Focused

  • Focus towards City Business / Represents all electorate 

 

Jeremy Caradonna - A Mix

  • On one side we have some special interest ("climate policymaker", shift from Natural Gas)  
  • On the other, affordable housing is logical ("increase supply and develop holistically") anti-slate and notes current divisiveness

 

Peter Forbes - City Focus

  • Business Owner / Builder.  Doesn't say much on the "Candidate Profile" but his facebook page outlines City Services, City Infrastructure and stating that the focus would be on city neighbourhoods. 

 

Riga Godron Unknown but slight lean to Special Interest 

  • The Narrative in the "Candidate Profile" is very upbeat about how wonderful everyone is....doesn't say anything about her focus or reason for seeking the role. 
  • She was a Together Victoria Candidate. 
  • Website as listed in the TC article appears to be gone or down? 
  • References to addressing Indigenous issues and devoted to her kids.  

 

Stefanie Hardman (Together Victoria) - Special Interest

  •   Affordable housing (non-market), Free Transit, Housing First

 

Gordon Mackinnon - Unknown

  • The "Candidate Profile" lists that he has painted 7 telephone poles in Fernwood, Cyclist Response Team, part of Emergency Management Victoria, volunteer with Fernwood NRG’s, Seniors Yoga and High Tea. 
  • I don't know what he expects to do as a councilor or why he is running. 

 

Rachael Montgomery - A Mix

  • Is an environmentalist, note plastic bags, climate leadership
  • Works in healthcare, notes prosperity/strong economy

 

Keith Rosenberg - A Mix leaning to City Focus

  • strong special needs advocate
  • veteran, "common sense attitude to local politics and budgeting", "staunch supporter of Victoria’s Police force".  First impression - he wouldn't put up with the shenanigans in council and wouldn't be as reserved in his responses like Young is. 

 

Alexander Schmid - City Focus

  • The "Candidate Profile" lists Laboratory instructor at the University of Victoria, Owned and ran an electronics repair business for 25 years, Member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada
  • His website lists Traffic, Public Transit, "half-baked" bike lanes, more communication

 

 


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#1011 Rob Randall

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Posted 09 July 2020 - 07:30 PM

I noticed there weren't a lot of donations to Stephen Andrew's campaign. Not enough to match the enthusiasm there is for him around here.

 

We need to step it up and put our money where our mouths are. 


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#1012 rmpeers

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Posted 09 July 2020 - 11:01 PM

I noticed there weren't a lot of donations to Stephen Andrew's campaign. Not enough to match the enthusiasm there is for him around here.

We need to step it up and put our money where our mouths are.


My worry is that, as much as I sense growing opposition to the current council, if people don't have a real sense of who can best make a positive change, the votes will get spread around and TV wins because they have a strong campaigning machine.

#1013 Victoria Watcher

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Posted Yesterday, 02:03 AM

I noticed there weren't a lot of donations to Stephen Andrew's campaign. Not enough to match the enthusiasm there is for him around here.

 

We need to step it up and put our money where our mouths are. 

 

his campaign needs a strong bagman.  someone needs to go ask people for money all day every every day.


Edited by Victoria Watcher, Yesterday, 02:04 AM.

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#1014 Mike K.

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Posted Yesterday, 05:45 AM

Hardman is being talked about on social media, she’s still participating in dialogue, and of course TV is quietly humming along and continuing to collect small donation after small donation.

I’m not seeing that among any of the other candidates.

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