Thursday, Feb. 15, 7 to 9 pm in the EMCS library
Gail Armitage and Steven Hurdle from Fair Vote Canada’s Greater Victoria chapter will be at Edward Milne Community School on Thurs., Feb. 15 to outline why electoral reform is vitally need in BC as the province heads towards a promised referendum no later than Nov. 30 this year.
The pair will speak in the EMCS library starting at 7 pm. Admission is by donation to support the public-education work of Fair Vote Canada.
“Simple proportional representation systems that emphasize local representation and accountability are used in 80+ countries around the world,” says Armitage, a Sooke resident. “Canada, like the U.S. and U.K., is a rare exception in clinging to first-past-the-post. It’s critical that we get it right this time and implement a fairer system that more accurately reflects the choices and concerns of BC voters.”
Hosted by Transition Sooke, the night is a local opportunity to learn more about PR prior to the Feb. 28 deadline for the Province of BC’s online ‘How We Vote’ questionnaire. It will help shape the referendum, including the ballot and different voting systems to be proposed. Visit How We Vote to participate.
Fair Voting BC has prepared a guide to navigating the questionnaire; find it online. The non-partisan organization has launched a legal challenge arguing that our current voting system violates the right of Canadians to fair and effective representation guaranteed under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Links for further information
- Fair Vote Canada’s British Columbia campaign
- FVC Greater Victoria chapter Facebook group
- CBC British Columbia report (Jan. 25, 2018): “Voters are turned off and want change, PR advocates say.”
- Final report of the BC Citizen’s Assembly on Electoral Reform (December, 2004)
- Wikipedia entries on the 2005 and 2009 electoral reform referendums in British Columbia.