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Recall and Initiative Act

[RSBC 1996] CHAPTER 398

Contents
Part 1 — Introductory Provisions
 1 Definitions
Part 2 — Legislative Initiatives
 Division 1 — Initiative Petition
 2 Subject matter of legislative proposals
 3 Application for initiative petition
 4 Issue of initiative petition
 5 Who may sign an initiative petition
 6 Who may canvass for signatures
 7 Requirements for initiative petition
 7.1 Continuation of petition if an electoral district is disestablished or changed
 8 Time limit for determination
 Division 2 — Select Standing Committee
 9 Select standing committee
 10 Referral of initiative to select standing committee
 11 Duty of select standing committee
 12 Effect of report by select standing committee
 Division 3 — Initiative Vote
 13 Initiative vote
 14 Initiative voting day every 3 years
 15 Determination of successful initiative vote
 16 Effect of successful initiative vote
 Division 4 — Effect of General Election
 17 Suspension of petition process during general election
 18 General election after petition sent to select standing committee
Part 3 — Recall
 Division 1 — Recall Petition
 19 Application for recall petition
 20 Issue of recall petition
 21 Who may sign a recall petition
 22 Who may canvass for signatures
 23 Requirements for recall petition
 24 Time limit for determination
 25 Result of successful recall petition
 Division 2 — By-election
 26 Election
 27 Prohibition on multiple elections with respect to the same electoral district
 28 Application of Election Act
Part 4 — Initiative Petition Financing
 Division 1 — Authorized Participants and Financial Agents
 29 Authorized participants must have financial agent
 30 Financial agent for proponent
 31 Application to become an opponent of an initiative petition
 32 Financial agents for opponents
 33 Notice to opponent groups
 34 General obligations of financial agent
 35 Assistant financial agent
 Division 2 — Initiative Petition Contributions and Expenses
 36 Initiative petition contributions generally
 37 Initiative petition contributions through loans and debts
 38 Initiative petition contributions through fundraising functions
 39 Initiative petition expenses
 40 General valuation rules
 Division 3 — Making and Accepting Initiative Petition Contributions
 41 Restrictions on making initiative petition contributions
 42 Restrictions on accepting initiative petition contributions
 43 Limits on anonymous contributions
 44 Prohibited contributions must be returned
 45 Financial agent must record each initiative petition contribution
 Division 4 — Initiative Petition Expenses
 46 Restrictions on who may incur initiative petition expenses
 47 Initiative petition expenses in excess of limit prohibited
 48 Initiative petition expenses limit
 Division 5 — Reporting
 49 Reporting of information regarding initiative petition contributions
 50 Initiative petition financing report
 51 Publication of financing summary
 Division 6 — Penalties for Failure to Comply
 52 Publication of failure to comply
 53 Effect of incurring expenses over limit
 54 Court order for relief from expenses limit
 55 Late filing of required reports
 56 Failure to file initiative petition financing report
 57 Court order for relief from filing obligations
 58 False or misleading reports relating to an initiative petition
Part 5 — Initiative Vote Financing
 Division 1 — Authorized Participants and Financial Agents
 59 Authorized participants must have financial agent
 60 Notice to proponent and opponents for initiative petition
 61 Financial agent for petition proponent
 62 Financial agents for other proponents
 63 Financial agents for opponents
 64 Obligations and authority of financial agents and assistant financial agents
 Division 2 — Initiative Vote Contributions and Expenses
 65 Initiative vote contributions
 66 Initiative vote expenses
 67 General valuation rules
 Division 3 — Making and Accepting Initiative Vote Contributions
 68 Restrictions on making and accepting initiative vote contributions
 69 Limits on anonymous contributions
 70 Prohibited contributions must be returned
 71 Financial agent must record each initiative vote contribution
 Division 4 — Initiative Vote Expenses
 72 Restrictions on who may incur initiative vote expenses
 73 Initiative vote expenses in excess of limit prohibited
 74 Initiative vote expenses limit
 Division 5 — Reporting
 75 Reporting of information regarding initiative vote contributions
 76 Initiative vote financing report
 77 Publication of financing summary
 Division 6 — Penalties for Failure to Comply
 78 Publication of failure to comply
 79 Effect of incurring expenses over limit
 80 Court order for relief from expenses limit
 81 Late filing of required reports
 82 Failure to file initiative vote financing report
 83 Court order for relief from filing obligations
 84 False or misleading reports relating to an initiative vote
Part 6 — Initiative Communications
 Division 1 — General
 85 Initiative advertising and opinion surveys
 86 Sponsorship of initiative advertising
 87 No indirect sponsorship of initiative advertising
 88 Initiative advertising must identify sponsor
 89 Restriction on rates charged for initiative advertising
 90 Prohibition against certain initiative advertising on general voting day
 91 Restrictions on initiative campaigning near voting places
 92 Requirements for publication of initiative opinion surveys
 Division 2 — Initiative Advertising Limits
 93 Advertising limits
 94 Penalties for exceeding initiative advertising limit
 95 Court order for relief from advertising limit
 Division 3 — Registration of Sponsors
 96 Initiative advertising sponsors must be registered
 97 Registration with chief electoral officer
 98 Obligations of registered sponsor
 99 Limit on registration
 Division 4 — Disclosure of Independent Initiative Advertising
 100 Independent sponsors must file disclosure reports
 101 Contents of disclosure report
 102 Late filing of reports
 103 Failure to file reports
 104 Court order for relief from filing obligations
 105 Obligation to maintain records
 106 Publication of initiative advertising summary
Part 7 — Recall Petition Financing
 Division 1 — Financial Agent
 107 Authorized participants must have financial agent
 108 Appointment of financial agent
 109 General obligations of financial agent
 110 Assistant financial agent
 Division 2 — Recall Contributions and Expenses
 111 Recall contributions generally
 112 Recall contributions through loans and debts
 113 Recall contributions through fundraising functions
 114 Recall expenses
 115 General valuation rules
 Division 3 — Making and Accepting Recall Contributions
 116 Restrictions on making recall contributions
 117 Restrictions on accepting recall contributions
 118 Limits on anonymous contributions
 119 Prohibited contributions must be returned
 120 Financial agent must record each recall contribution
 Division 4 — Recall Expenses
 121 Restrictions on who may incur recall expenses
 122 Recall expenses in excess of limit prohibited
 123 Recall expenses limit
 Division 5 — Reporting
 124 Reporting of information regarding recall contributions
 125 Recall financing report
 126 Publication of financing summary
 Division 6 — Penalties for Failure to Comply
 127 Publication of failure to comply
 128 Effect of incurring expenses over limit
 129 Court order for relief from expenses limit
 130 Late filing of required reports
 131 Failure to file recall financing report
 132 Court order for relief from filing obligations
 133 False or misleading reports relating to a recall petition
Part 8 — Recall Petition Communications
 Division 1 — General
 134 Recall advertising
 135 Sponsorship of recall advertising
 136 No indirect sponsorship of recall advertising
 137 Recall advertising must identify sponsor
 138 Restriction on rates charged for recall advertising
 139 Repealed
 Division 2
 140–142 Repealed
 Division 3 — Registration of Sponsors
 143 Recall advertising sponsors must be registered
 144 Registration with chief electoral officer
 145 Obligations of registered sponsor
 146 Limit on registration
 Division 4 — Disclosure of Independent Recall Advertising
 147 Independent sponsors must file disclosure reports
 148 Contents of disclosure report
 149 Late filing of reports
 150 Failure to file reports
 151 Court order for relief from filing obligations
 152 Obligation to maintain records
 153 Publication of recall advertising summary
Part 9 — Offences
 154 Prosecution of organizations and their directors and agents
 155 Defence of due diligence
 156 Signature and vote buying offences
 157 Intimidation offences
 158 Wrongful signing and voting
 159 Offences in relation to canvassing for signatures
 160 Offences in relation to financing
 161 Offences in relation to initiative or recall advertising and promotion
 162 Offences in relation to false or misleading information
 163 Offence in relation to use of information
 164 Penalties under this Part are in addition to any others
 165 Limitation
Part 10 — General
 166 Delivery of notices
 167 Filing documents with chief electoral officer
 168 Access to and use of information in records
 169 Enforcement of Act by chief electoral officer
 170 Emergencies and other extraordinary circumstances
 171 General regulations
 172 Additional powers of the chief electoral officer
 173 Appropriation