Do you want more information about BC’s referendum that will be coming to your mailbox this fall? Do you want to clarify your own position about the choices? Or are you just plain confused?
Here’s your opportunity to clear up all the buzz around this electoral reform referendum, scheduled between Oct. 22 and Nov. 30. Barb Berger, chair of Fair Vote Comox Valley will be presenting an information session on the referendum and the reasons why there is a push for change. The single most important question will be whether to keep our existing electoral system, known as First Past The Post (FPTP) or change to a system of Proportional Representation. The presentation will also involve a closer examination of the voting systems that will be on the ballot.
On the bill as well is Jamie Deith, who has a background in systems design. He has had direct involvement with past referendums and is extremely knowledgeable about electoral systems. Deith has devised a questionnaire that allows participants to clarify whether they support FPTP or PR and rank the choices according to their answers.
As has been quoted by everyone on the spectrum of this debate, “Proportional Representation would be a fundamental change to our democracy.” What kind of democracy do you want to see?
The evening will be hosted by the United Church, 250 Beach Drive in Comox, on Wednesday, September 12, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The United Church expects a full house at the first-come first-seated presentation. Admission is by donation and baked goods will be available for purchase.Barb Berger