Mayor Naheed Nenshi said Tuesday a move to come up with clear rules around third-party fundraising is “all about transparency.”
The new rules would result in limits to when, in an election year, third-party fundraising events can occur as well as a cap on contributions.
“Voters deserve to see everything and make their own decisions on what is appropriate,” Nenshi said.
Nenshi said the new rules will ensure funds intended for local charities or community associations aren’t making their way into councillor pockets. But, added there is no reason to believe this is currently happening.
“I am not suggesting that any member of council has behaved in any inappropriate fashion as concerns this kind of fundraising. But, understanding what’s happening in other cities, I think it’s important for us to just have the legal framework right.”
Nenshi told News Talk 770 that fundraising efforts to repay his legal bills that were paid by the city aren’t included in the legislation. He added he doesn’t know how much of the $300,000 has been raised.
“It’s challenging for me because the ethics advisor has suggested that I can’t be involved in it and I’d really like to just know what’s going on. But, I understand the work is still going on.”
The Priorities and Finance Committee still has some concerns about the new rules and has put over its decision until May 2.