Stephen Andrew for Mayor
19 hours ago
Formal Complaint to Elections BC and Privacy Commissioner
(Victoria) The Stephen Andrew for Mayor Campaign this morning filed complaints with the Chief Electoral Officer of British Columbia and with the Information and Privacy Commissioner of BC for what it believes are inappropriate and illegal activities of third parties in the 2014 Victoria Municipal Election.
The BC NDP is using information that was provided to them for use in past elections to solicit support for their favoured candidates in Victoria. The Mayor and favoured council candidates are using the services of the BC NDP to call and solicit support.
The BC NDP call lists have information that was provided to them by Elections BC for use in provincial campaigns and by supporters and volunteers specific to those campaigns. This information is being used by the NDP, contrary to the Personal Information Protection act, which requires that individuals specifically consent to the use of their information.
In addition, local NDP constituency associations are sending information to their distribution lists despite not being registered as a Third Party Organization as Even more spiteful is the fact that the NDP are doing so with taxpayers support.
Donors to the NDP, both federally and provincially, are entitled to tax refunds on their donations. Donors receive no tax benefit in municipal elections. The NDP organization making the calls and soliciting support is funded by donations that are taxpayer-supported. This is entirely inappropriate and contrary to the Local Government Act, which governs the municipal election.
Contact: Kit Spence, Campaign Chair, 250.590.5466