For your campaign, will you be accepting donations from corporations or unions? If so, why? If not, why not?

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Ward 07
CandidateBrief ResponseFull Response
Beck, Keith Yes For this campaign I'm not soliciting donations from corporations or unions BUT I will accept them if offered. I support the move to reform donations to limit them to individuals, but until the change applies to all candidates, I will accept any allowed contribution.

In my ward race, I'm the only candidate without a previous public profile. To be responsible to my campaign and the people who support its position, I need to use all available resources to communicate the message to voters.
Duvall, Scott Yes Yes, I will be honoured to accept any donations to my campaign that citizens and supporters are prepared to give me. It is their right under the Election Act to support the candidate of their choice, and my right to accept that support.
Gallagher, John No I do not accept donations, corporate, union or from individuals. In the past several elections, I have returned donations generously sent to me unsolicited. I have returned many thousands of dollars over the years.

Corporate and union donations bring with them a perception that a Councillor or the Mayor might give special consideration to special interest groups.

I have no problem with individual donations being accepted, as long as it is clear the donation is in support of a candidate's platform.
Pettit, Trevor Yes Yes I will accept contributions from both corporations and unions should they decide to make a donation. I believe they both have a vested interest in the community and have every right to participate in the democratic process by supporting candidates of their choice.

Having said that I also am a strong proponent of tax credits for individuals that contribute. This is done at the provincial and federal levels so should also be allowed at the municipal level. Individuals tend to be more participatory when they receive a tax receipt.

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