WINNIPEG – The next provincial election is still three years away, so it’s not exactly top of mind.
But when it does come around, how parties raise campaign funds will be a little different.
Amidst a flurry of bills introduced at the Legislature Monday, the Tories announced one that would increase the individual political donation limit from $3,000 to $5,000.
University of Manitoba politics professor Paul Thomas is not surprised by this move, and he believes it benefits the PCs.
“I think that change will give them an advantage, partly because they have now, and have had for some time, a far more effective fundraising apparatus than the NDP.”
The bill would also significantly boost the amount of money third parties can spend during an election and allow more political advertising.
The Tories have a few other changes in mind, too, including the creation of a permanent voters list based on those who were eligible in 2016.
The list would be updated using information from eligible voters and other government sources.
When you do vote, you’ll now be required to bring a piece of ID with your address on it.