The new provincial government has announced plans for a referendum on proportional representation, happening the fall of 2018.
BC voters deserve an opportunity to elect candidates and government that best reflects their values. Proportional representation will give British Columbians a more diverse and representative legislature, ensuring that everyone's voices are heard and that there is no such thing as a "wasted vote". Electoral reform will increase democratic participation, as it more accurately reflects voters’ choices.
Voters are increasingly disengaged because they don’t vote with their hearts, they vote strategically. But we know there is a big appetite for change.
Both the BC NDP and the BC Greens campaigned for change, and now polls are showing that across all age groups and all parties, the majority of people support a change to the electoral system. But we know, just like in 2005 and 2009, that there will be an organized campaign against electoral reform. There will be a call to support the status-quo by those that know the current system stacks the deck in their favour.
It's time to ditch the outdated first-past-the-post, winner takes all electoral system. It's time for a fairer BC.
Want to know more about the different electoral systems? Click here to read all about them on the Government's official site.
As one of the largest member run, democratic organizations in the province we have a wealth of experience when it comes to making sure that all voices are heard in decision making. It is important that we rise to the historic opportunity of securing a fair election system for future generations so that they can be confident and engaged in our democracy.
-BCGEU President Stephanie Smith