Welcome, visitor!   Register   Login


Post an Ad
Menu Post an Ad

Video: B.C.’s Electoral System: True or False?

    Editorial & Opinions, Governance & Politics    November 16, 2018

Still sitting on your mail-in ballot to vote in B.C.’s electoral reform referendum? Still not sure how to vote? Feeling the November 30th deadline looming?

This video should help, by offering valuable facts about our First Past The Post system, exposing misleading myths and misconceptions.

Since 2002, I’ve been keen on electoral reform. Adriane Carr started a petition to change B.C.’s electoral system to Mixed Member Proportional (MMP). I signed up, determined to get 100s of signatures, back before the Internet made it easy.

I agreed with her reasoning, but found the MMP system alarming. It has two ballots, the first one the same old FPTP, with its strategic voting and skewy, screwy results, and a second ballot for parties, to give them their “fair” share of seats won by the very system that needed replacing. Where were the demos, or people, if parties mattered more, with their deep-pocketed supporters and divisive politics?

My readings about electoral systems began. In 2004-05, I avidly followed the B.C. Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform and gave input. They chose the BC-STV PR system, because built right into it was fairness to voters over tacked-on fairness to parties.

I was thrilled and volunteered untold hours, working with Assembly alumni, doing mock FPTP and BC-STV elections with groups of all sorts, from schools to seniors’ homes. We “lost” the referendum, if 40%+1 is taken as the “majority” needed to quash it. What nonsense.

In 2009, the nonsense repeated. This time, the No side spent its $1-million from the B.C. government on advertisements warning about the evils of BC-STV. The Yes side had to spend its $1-million on educating, as well as advertising, a fight so lopsided that the second referendum failed significantly.

This time around, the No side is repeating its mantras and fear mongering. The Yes side is looking good in various polls, still too close to call, but I’m hopeful.

My contribution to the 2018 ProRep campaign is this video. Some facts in it may surprise both sides of the debate. Enjoy! Here’s to democracy, or elections that put fairness to voters first.

Comments May Not Be Seen by the Author

No Tags

  

Post an Event

Community News

  • Watch: Salt Spring Unicorn Riders Associ...

    by on December 5, 2018

    Recently Rachel Notley while speaking to an Alberta Teachers’ Association was heard grumbling: “Maybe on Salt Spring Island you can build an economy on condos and coffee shops but not in Edmonton and not anywhere in Alberta,” and “Here in Alberta we ride horses, not unicorns, and I invite pipeline opponents to saddle up on […]

  • Let’s Try and Win the $60,000,000 ...

    by on December 4, 2018

    December 7th, 2018 Draw! – If this ticket wins the full amount of the big draw of the LOTTO MAX on Friday this week, with an estimated $60,000,000 jackpot, we’ll share a portion of the winnings with everyone from Salt Spring Island, BC that has subscribed to our Salt Spring Exchange email newsletter, liked and […]

  • First Cold Snap

    by on December 3, 2018

    Just a quick note that the first cold weather of the year is forecast for this week, with night time lows by Wednesday and Thursday forecast to drop well below freezing in some parts of the region. That’s the signal to finish mulching everything if you haven’t done so already. Now is the time to […]

  • Buy Local, Including Your Local Media

    by on December 3, 2018

    The BC Buy Local campaign celebrates local business to promote the contributions that BC businesses make to our local economy and our communities. The goal of the campaign is to illuminate the local market, making BC-based businesses, products, food and wines more visible to consumers. Think about this too when you spend time online, where […]

  • Hands On – Video Series Features S...

    by on November 30, 2018

    In this digital age there has been a shift in how we relate to our physical things. It is more common to buy things than make them. It is more common to stream music than to learn an instrument. There is great satisfaction in working with your hands. If you are baking bread you know […]

  • A Surprise Proposal; Facilitated by Stra...

    by on November 28, 2018

    This past July a mystery person using a pseudonym posted an ad on the Salt Spring Exchange, three people sent it to me, I had to know more… The first person who sent me the mystery classified ad requesting, “a photographer for a surprise proposal,” was my Mom. And like all things your Mom sends […]

  • Salt Spring’s First Neighbourhood Small ...

    by on November 28, 2018

    The Salt Spring Island Foundation, in partnership with Salt Spring Island Community Services, is pleased to announce the recipients of our first Neighbourhood Small Grants. The Neighbourhood Small Grants program offers grants of $50 to $500 to local projects and events run by people who are passionate about giving back to the community and who […]

  • Salt Spring Island Electoral Area –...

    by on November 16, 2018

    What is a Public Alert Notification System? (PANS) – In the case of a public safety incident, the Public Alert Notification system will be used to deliver critical and potentially life- saving alerts to residents and stakeholders who have registered. This information can help you and your family know what to do, where to go, […]

  • Video: B.C.’s Electoral System: Tr...

    by on November 16, 2018

    Still sitting on your mail-in ballot to vote in B.C.’s electoral reform referendum? Still not sure how to vote? Feeling the November 30th deadline looming? This video should help, by offering valuable facts about our First Past The Post system, exposing misleading myths and misconceptions. Since 2002, I’ve been keen on electoral reform. Adriane Carr […]

Pin It on Pinterest