Financing Referendum Campaigns by Karin Gilland Lutz, S. Hug

By Karin Gilland Lutz, S. Hug

Critics of referendums frequently lament that giant funds might purchase good fortune on the poll field. yet spending by means of curiosity teams can also be informative for voters. this may in basic terms occur, even though, if the financing of referendum campaigns is regulated. This ebook bargains an outline of those rules and offers study on their results.

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Although the website for Elections BC still posts the regulations, a compendium compiled by Elections Canada states that they will no longer be enforced. Provisions in BC’s Election Act limiting independent (styled ‘third-party’ in Canadian parlance) advertising expenses were declared to have no force and effect by the Supreme Court of British Columbia (2000) and were consequently repealed. 5 But the financial restraints may be quite incidental. 6 Tolbert et al. 1) indicated that US states with the same statewide signature threshold as in BC see less than one initiative per electoral cycle.

Html. 2. pdf. html. 3. This discussion is based on Matsusaka (2005). References Baron, D. (1994) ‘Electoral Competition with Informed and Uninformed Voters’, American Political Science Review, 88: 33–47. Bowler, S. and T. Donovan (1998) Demanding Choices: Opinion and Voting in Direct Democracy (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press). Briffault, R. (1997) ‘Ballot Propositions and Campaign Finance Reform’, 1 New York Journal of Legislation & Public Policy, 41: 43–4. S. (2000) Democracy Derailed: Initiative Campaigns and the Power of Money (New York: Harcourt).

1. 3 The 1992 Canadian Referendum Act was part of the run-up to that year’s referendum on the Charlottetown Accord. , 1996). The 1992 vote in Quebec, although effectively part of the national vote, was conducted under provincial rules. British Columbia passed a Recall and Initiative Act in 1996, and regulation pursuant to it has had a peculiarly chequered history. Ontario created both the possibility of referendums and their regulation with the Taxpayer Protection Act of 1999. Quebec represents the high ground, both in going first – arguably serving as the goad for the rest of the country – and in deploying the country’s most extensive set of regulatory materials.

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