Attached photo: Volunteers canvassing for proportional representation. L-R
- Back row: Sharon McCann, Nancy Gothard, Spencer Anderson, Gillian Anderson.
- Front row: Royann Petrell, Barb Berger, Megan Ardyche, Lynn Maxted, Bev Howden.
COURTENAY, BC – On May 30, BC’s Attorney General, David Eby, released the provincial referendum questions and regulations. The announcement was welcomed by local proportional representation group, Fair Vote Comox Valley (FVCV).
“We’re pleased to have clear questions for the citizens of BC. FVCV has been working since January 2018 to reach as many voters as possible in our community, and we’ll be continuing to spread the word over the next six months,” says Barb Berger, Chair of the FVCV Steering Committee.
“The referendum issue is about fairness,” Berger continues. “It’s a choice between the old system that works for parties and a modern system that works for voters. No party with less than 40 percent of the vote should be handed all the power. It’s time for a new kind of politics.”
The referendum contains two questions. The first question asks voters to consider whether BC Legislative Assembly members should be selected as they previously have been using First Past the Post or whether members should be selected using a proportional representation voting system.
The possible proportional voting systems are listed in the second referendum question: Dual Member Proportional (DMP), Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) or Rural-Urban PR. The second question trusts BC voters to select which proportional system is the best system for them.
While the three systems need further clarification, FVCV believes each is designed to deliver strong local representation, more voter choice, fairer results, more cooperative politics, and ensure that almost every voter can elect an MLA who reflects his or her values. All models ensure that every region of BC will have a stronger voice in the legislature.
FVCV intends to continue its message that British Columbians are perfectly capable of understanding a proportional voting system.
A grassroots, multi-partisan organization, FVCV has, thus far, knocked on over 1200 residential doors, handed out volumes of proportional representation information at local events, held a major local launch with guest speakers Elizabeth May and Rachel Blaney, and crafted nearly 30 articles, letters to the editor, and responses to letters, all in order to get the word out about voting reform.
With dedicated, unpaid volunteers and a piggy bank filled with loonies and toonies offered by regular people, like you, FVCV manages to inform voters of their opportunity to make their votes count. Instead of a voting system that rewards 100 percent of the power to a party which gained less than 50 percent of the vote, proportional representation encourages legislators to listen to voters, promotes consultation and cooperation, eliminates the unpleasant option of strategic voting, and reduces the chances of Big Money influencing the BC government.
Fair Vote Comox Valley – Barb Berger – (250)650-9007