Posts Tagged ‘citizen’s assembly’

Referendum on Electoral Reform – A Citizens’ Assembly Member’s Perspective

May 11, 2009

Below is an email about the BC-STV referendum by Craig Henschel, a Citizens’ Assembly Alumnus that I have worked with and think very highly of.

Also, here is an absolutely excellent 6.5min video by Christie Clark about why she supports STV now that she is no longer a politician.

-Bruce

Apologies for the spamishness of this e-mail.  Please pass this on to your address book by Bcc.

Hi,

As you know, there will be a Provincial Referendum on Tuesday May 12th to determine which electoral system we will use in future provincial elections, First-Past-the-Post (FPTP) or the Single Transferable Vote (BC-STV) as recommended by the BC Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform.

You may recall that I was a member of the Citizens’ Assembly.  I’m sending you this e-mail so that you will make a more informed choice on May 12th.  I’m also hoping that you might forward this e-mail on to your friends. Read the rest of this entry »

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Good Blog Posts/Articles from Around the Web

February 22, 2009

An excellent article on BC-STV and the recent debate between Shoni Field (Of the Citizens Assembly) and David Shreck (Of the FPTP side).
http://www2.canada.com/northshorenews/news/sundayfocus/story.html?id=3c5183e3-6352-4f7b-8620-7a725e75f047

This Blog post is written for the Ontario MMP campaign, but is equally applicable to BC (BC-STV should also fix this).  It discusses how under FPTP only a few swing voters in swing ridings matter much, Read the rest of this entry »

The sound of one democratic hand clapping

December 5, 2008

Coalition government? Yes, but it’s not the one we deserve

After 141 years is Canada finally, albeit accidentally, on the path to modern representative democracy? Don’t pop the champagne cork yet. We still have a way to go, but the law of unintended consequences may be at work in Ottawa. Read the rest of this entry »