A historic chance to choose fair elections for BC

If you live in BC, then later this month, you’ll receive a referendum ballot in the mail that offers the chance to make one of the most exciting – and, I think, necessary – changes to our political system in decades. It’s the vote on Proportional Representation. I haven’t posted to my blog in a while, but I felt it was important to share info about this with everyone (and apologies if you don’t currently live in BC! Send it along to all your BC friends though!)
I’ve been quite involved in the “Yes” side’s awareness campaign, and I even created an animation that shows clearly, in 90 seconds, just why our current system needs to change! You can view it by clicking the link below.

90-Second Video – Why FPTP must go!
Here’s an article by Eoin Finn in Common Ground titled “Proportional Representation: An Historic Opportunity to Improve Democracy in BC”. Eoin has actually experienced Proportional Representation. He is Irish and the Irish have had a PR voting system ever since Ireland became a Republic almost 100 years ago! Like Eoin, I feel strongly that proportional representation (PR or Pro Rep) is an important upgrade we must make to our current “first past the post” (FPTP) voting system so we can have a truly representative democracy in BC.
Please consider voting YES for PR in the upcoming referendum.

Some resources for you

My friend Jackie DeRoo shared the following comprehensive list of resources about Pro Rep and I felt I couldn’t do better than to just pass it along!

Notice from Elections BC
“British Columbia is having a referendum on what voting system we should use for provincial elections. The referendum is being held by mail from Oct 22 – Nov 30, 2018. Registered voters will get a voting package in the mail from Elections BC.”
To be eligible to vote and to receive your ballot, you must be registered to vote at your current address. Visit the Elections BC website.

Information about PR

Want to get involved?

I’ve been doing some work with Leadnow and their “PR for BC” campaign. Referendum ballots are being mailed out starting Oct 22 and Leadnow is holding an in-person Volunteer Orientation on Wed, Oct 24th, 7 PM, at Creekside Community Centre in Olympic Village. Leadnow staff will explain the plan for how we’re going to help win Pro Rep for BC, and how you can get involved. We can’t do it without you! Here is the link for more information and to RSVP for the orientation.
Pro Rep Volunteer Orientation – Vancouver | Leadnow.ca

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