–Fair Vote Canada
As British Columbia voters get set to go to the polls on May 9, they will have their first opportunity to elect a government committed to proportional representation.
In recent interviews with Fair Vote Canada’s Victoria Chapter, NDP leader John Horgan and Green Party leader Andrew Weaver agreed they will be making electoral reform a platform issue. The Liberals and Conservatives have not responded to Fair Vote Canada’s requests for interviews or forwarded their position on electoral reform.
The BC NDP commit to holding a referendum on proportional representation, and will campaign in favour of a yes vote. Unlike the previous referendum, Horgan has said this one will be based on 50% plus 1. See Horgan interview here.
The BC Greens commit to implementing proportional representation in time for the following provincial election following an all-party and citizens committee or independent task force to decide which system. See Weaver interview here.
According to both Horgan and Weaver, a voting system which delivers 100% of the decision-making power to a party with only 44% of the popular vote is a voting system that is badly in need of reform.
“All policy decisions are downstream from the way our electoral system allocates power. Sensitive issues like: Site C, Kinder Morgan, changing rules on donations, etc. need social license which is impossible under a system that returns false majorities as the norm.” says Fair Vote Canada’s Executive Director, Kelly Carmichael.
“Government accountability is a big issue. Two parties which captured almost half the vote in the last election and have the support of strong majority of voters in provincial polling are in favour of banning corporate and union donations. In 2010, Fair Vote Canada passed a motion on corporate and union donations that mirrors the current calls for reform. Yet this government appears unresponsive to what the majority want. Many British Columbia voters have lost trust in the government decision-making process.
At one time Premier Christy Clark was a strong voice for proportional representation. In 2009, she stated “Now at the time looking back I realize that I liked it (fptp) because as a politician, our current system served my personal interests very well, thank you very much! I was an elected politician. I’d be chosen by the first-past-the-post system, and I, like many of the entrenched interests that are now fighting STV, didn’t see the need to change a system that worked very well, for me.”
BC has held two referenda on proportional representation in the past, the first one garnering 58% support from voters. “It’s our third time up to bat and time for a home-run!” said Fair Vote Canada Victoria co-chair Terry Dance Bennink. “I’m optimistic that we’ll elect a government on May 9 that will honour its promise to make every vote count,” she said.
Fair Vote Canada is a grassroots citizens campaign for proportional representation representing over 10,000 BC voters. On March 31, FVC registered as an advertising sponsor in the BC election.
Juan de Fuca / Langford candidates In alphabetical order by last name, the candidates for this region are:
- Scott Burton Libertarian Party
- John Horgan, BC NDP (incumbant)
- William Nelson, Vancouver Island Party
- Cathy Noel, BC Liberal Party
- Brendan Ralfs, B.C. Green Party
- Ceremony swears in the new Premier of BC (with a T’Sou-ke presence)
- BREAKING: BC has a new premier!
- Christy Clark’s meeting wraps up with the Lieutenant Governor, no decision made
- The BC Government has been toppled
- Throne Speech: BC Liberals adopt a center social stance
- NDP’s John Horgan responds to the Throne Speech: She’ll say anything to hang on to power
- Green’s Andrew Weaver responds to the Throne Speech: Astonishing about-face
- Horgan and Weaver maintain Clark’s political “games” are hurting British Columbians
- Premier Christy Clark introduces new Executive Council
- BC Government resumes on June 22
- B.C. New Democrat and B.C. Green caucuses ratify historic agreement
- Clark will put confidence to the vote in June, and let the transfer of power be a public one
- B.C. Greens will support a new BC New Democrat government
- NDP and Greens announce an agreement, intending to form government in BC for the next four years
- Statements from Christy Clark, John Horgan, and Andrew Weaver
- Election results are in!
- BC Elections update: May 24, 1:00 pm
- Election results still inconclusive, May 23
- Election results should be known after May 24
- Preliminary election turn-out estimated at 60%
- POLL: What are your top three election issues?
- ICYMI: Leadership Debate March 26 2017 (Video)
- Election 2017: Sooke’s All-Candidate Debate
- VIDEO: Provincial Election 2017 Leadership Debate
- Election May 9, 2017: Where and how to vote
- Green Party releases their affordable homes strategy
- Is electoral reform on the BC horizon?
- Sooke Chamber launches 2017 Provincial General Election Information Series
- BC NDP response to Liberal platform: Christy Clark’s platform maintains giveaways to rich donors, rising costs for families
- BC Liberals launch their platform