Really, do you go out and purchase an unknown bag of goods, when you go to the store, and then wait until you get home to see what they’ve given you?
Why are we not getting an explanation of who will decide on the proportional representative going to legislature. As it stand now, they won’t be voter elected but potentially, at least, party hacks.
Right now many / most of us complain that our elected representatives DO NOT in fact represent us; instead represent the party they belong to. Basically they do as they are told. On the other hand, maybe they will be voter elected, perhaps by using the votes each has received, and picking the one(s) who received the most.
Then again it would be fair to ask, “Will they be an MLA from the region they were running in, or just a floating not responsible to anyone but the party they represent?”
Are those not good questions — and how many more can you add to just this one first question?
Here’s another good one, I believe. Question #2
If an MLA resigns or dies, during their term in office, how will they be replaced? Will it be from the party slate? Will there be a General Election, and if so, what riding will it be in if they are a floating MLA responsible only to the party they represent? OR what other possible option, or combination of options might we be looking at?
Hmmmmmmmm … no answer for that either.
And as for Question #3
Why is the government not willing to show us what the riding boundaries will be, for each of the three voting options we are going to be able to choose from?
I know, we’re supposed to trust them. Here’s the thing though, I’m not will to make the buy, without knowing what I’m actually buying. Really, do you go out and purchase an unknown bag of goods, when you go to the store, and then wait until you get home to see what they’ve given you?
Now here’s what someone said about riding boundaries; “It is not the job of the government to change riding boundaries. The law requires an independent boundaries commission. And that process can take up to 18 months.”
And they are right, of course. It is not the government that decides this … it is, or will be, an independent commission.
HERE’S THE THING THOUGH. Any time we have had changes to riding boundaries (and they were generally jerry rigged), it was done prior to an election. In this case, our GreeNDP government is wanting us to change how we vote, PRIOR to knowing what the boundaries will be.
I’m not really very comfortable with that. And, what’s the rush? We’ve been voting the way we have for decades and decades; what’s one more election?
There’s still too many questions, and I for one am willing to wait to have a referendum, until we have all of the answers first — or at least answers to the majority of the questions I have first.
IF we all have an understanding that there WILL be a FAIR referendum on how British Columbians vote (on the future make-up of the B.C. Legislative Assembly), then we can go into the next election knowing NO party will attempt to subvert that will.
The NDP … The Green Party … the BC Conservative Party … the Liberal Party. ALL should be required to make that commitment.
That’s the way it really should be, shouldn’t it, on a decision like this?
So, at the moment, I can safely say that I am not really warmed up to changing our First Past The Post option of voting. That said, I am open to finding out more about the options that will be presented to us this Fall in the referendum. That’s why I will be attending the Fair Vote Kamloops presentation with Dr. Dennis Pilon of York University, July 4 at 7 p.m., at the Clocktower Theatre at TRU. His topic will be, “Changing B.C.’s Voting System, Arguments and Facts.”
Meantime, find out everything you can, on the options available to us, and don’t be swayed, either way, by a chorus of clanging gongs. Here’s just a few websites that will get you started:
How We Vote: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2018AG0041-001071
Fair Ways BC Could Vote: https://fairvotingbc.com/join-the-campaign-for-fair-voting/fair-ways-bc-could-vote/
Vote No To PR: https://www.nobcprorep.ca/
Elections BC — 2018 Referendum: https://elections.bc.ca/referenda/
In Kamloops, I’m Alan Forseth … and I look forward to seeing your thoughts below in the Comment Section.
Alan Forseth is a Kamloops resident and former member of the Reform Party of Canada and the B.C. Reform Party, and a past and current member of the BC Conservative Party. His blog is My Thoughts on Politics and More.