Fair Vote Comox Valley Applauds Clear Referendum Questions

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.”

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Is Fairness Enough?

He knew somehow, as I didn’t, that I was about to get an ear-full. It went something like this:

“My friends and I want to know what the question is going to be,” she said. “I get that proportional representation is fairer than first-past-the-post. But that’s not enough for me and my friends. We like things the way they are. Some of my friends are Conservatives, but I’m not. But I agree with them.  Just because first-past-the-post isn’t fair, well that’s not enough.”

Fairness isn’t enough.

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Electoral Reform: A game changer, not a game winner

I’m a big-time college basketball fan. Men’s or women’s basketball, it doesn’t matter. If a college game’s on, I’m glued to ESPN. Other big-time fans know that a basket at the buzzer won Notre Dame the 2018 NCAA Women’s National Championship on April 1. What a way to win the game!

Unlike Notre Dame’s game-winning Hail Mary basket, should the majority of voters support electoral reform in BC’s November referendum, we have only a game changer, not a game winner. In fact, the game’s not over at all because the hard work is really just beginning.

Why?

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Catalyst Paper tariffs threatening good jobs

Special to TideChange The Federal Government has been asked to address the issue of US tariffs imposed on Catalyst Paper's exports, according to North Island-Powell River MP, Rachel Blaney. In March, United States Department of Commerce slapped a 22.16% protectionist...

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Blaney blasts Kinder Morgan deadline

Special to TideChange There are 157 issues to be addressed regarding the Kinder Morgan pipeline, and the company is “nowhere close to resolving these goals”, according to North Island-Powell River MP, Rachel Blaney. In a media teleconference, she blasted the company...

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An Alternate Universe: Clark for Proportional Representation

While Liberal opposition to proportional representation is no secret, there is a BC Liberal insider whose thoughts regarding proportional representation they probably wish didn’t exist in the public domain. But they do exist, and the words are from none other than Christy Clark. Yes, you read that right. Clark articulates a thoughtful, informed case for changing our voting system and, at the same time, levels a powerful indictment against the politicians who are fighting tooth and nail to keep first past the post.

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