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896 THE ADVOCATE VOL. 75 PART 6 NOVEMBER 2017 While some changes will of necessity come slowly, our government is delivering an ambitious legislative agenda this fall. A priority is to reform campaign finance laws to ban political contributions by corporations and unions and to set strict limits on individual contributions. A bill to that effect was introduced in the legislature in September. In a related effort to buttress shaky public confidence in our political system, we will be introducing legislation to reform the practice of lobbying in our province. Our goal is to create a multi-year prohibition on lobbying for those who have exercised decision making and influence in government. Your new government is also committed to giving British Columbians a vote on electoral system reform before the end of 2018. An electoral system that more closely matches legislative authority with the number of votes received, we believe, could have numerous salutary effects on everything from voter turnout, to public policy and parliamentary civility. LOOKING AHEAD As Attorney General, I will be working hard to deliver on all of these commitments for the benefit of all British Columbians. The initiatives outlined above will contribute to reducing inequality while ensuring that people from all backgrounds, throughout the province, will have the opportunity to access justice in a timely and meaningful way. However, I cannot do it alone. I look forward to partnering with you, my colleagues in the bar and the members of our province’s judiciary, to make meaningful and lasting reforms that will benefit all British Columbians. Thank you in advance for the work we are about to do together, and for your patience with the time and energy that it will take to address many longstanding issues in our legal system. t t t t t


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