“BC First,” for the overall Provincial campaign, will receive 50% of all donations that are received by the nominated candidate, directly or indirectly, in his or her riding.
“BC First” will provide a cost effective template for all nominated candidates, including, but not limited to, advertising, promotion and marketing, communications, on line presence profiling nominated candidate, press releases, signage, printing materials, voters list, public speaking tutorials etc, etc.
“BC First” for good economic reasons, will provide for the purchasing of certain advertising, lawn signs, Billboards etc. The party will make available “Candidate Promotions Package.”
The chosen candidate must build a “Campaign Team” to oversee and provide for fundraising, placing signs, door knocking, handing out flyers etc… See Elections BC Guidelines for Candidates.
The chosen candidate must appoint a Financial Agent who must track the revenues and expenses of the candidate, and report to Elections BC, as well as to provincial party officials.
In British Columbia, like the rest of Canada, the right to stand as a candidate in a provincial election is guaranteed by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Any person who meets the requirements of the Election Act can become a candidate. Each candidate must visit Elections BC Candidates and familiarize themselves with the required, on line, fillable forms and documentation.
The Candidate must appoint the following: Financial Agent and Campaign Manager. The Candidate and Campaign Manager must then assemble a team of Committee Chair persons for the following:
Fund Raising, Advertising & Media Relations, Social Media, Signs, Events, and Door Knocking.
The candidate should be focused on meeting constituents: his or her main task should be door knocking, visiting shopping Malls, meeting media, attending campaign meetings and meetings of local societies and service clubs.
The candidate also has the right under the laws of British Columbia to ask for, and receive a leave of absence, without pay, from their employer and if not elected can return to his or her previous job without loss of seniority.
Election Day: Assuming the candidate has a campaign office; this is where the team gathers and waits for the results.
Campaign involvement is all voluntary.
Campaign Manager and Finance Chairman must prepare a budget of anticipated revenues and expenditures, providing as much detail as possible. The budget must be submitted to “B.C. First” for scrutiny.
A Campaign Office is not necessary, and some candidates run their campaigns from their own homes or work places. The candidate may also solicit a business for a campaign office and in return offer a tax receipt.
These guidelines have been developed for the nominated “BC First” candidate, and to familiarize his/her team with the basic process of being elected as a “BC First” Member to BC Legislature.