Alberta passes bill banning political donations from corporations and unions
The flagship first bill of Alberta’s new NDP government that bans corporate and union donations to political parties has passed in the legislature. Opponents, however, say much work remains to be done to close the loopholes. Bill 1, An Act to Renew Democracy in Alberta, passed unanimously in third reading late Monday night, and when signed into law will ban donations retroactively to June 15. “It puts the power back in the hands of Alberta citizens rather than those with the deepest pockets in terms of determining the political future of this province,” Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley said Tuesday.