Posts Tagged ‘proportional voting’

Getting out of that funk.

November 3, 2009

Reposting from my blog about UBC Professor Michael Byers’ proposal for how to the NDP and Liberals could get our democracy out of the funk it’s in with a little creative thinking.


Don’t let them out of downtown without thinking about BC-STV

May 11, 2009

Hey there.  One more day to go.  Tomorrow is the big vote and we’ll see if the forces of reason win out over the forces of fear and lack of information (its a weak force 🙂 )

Take  a look at the events map, there are some people planning to cover skytrains in vancouver and maybe bridges too so that no one can get home tonight without having to think about BC-STV again, at least for a second.

If you haven’t already, take a look at this video from Christy Clark, former Deputy Premier of BC and current host on CKNW.  Be sure to rate it with five stars and leave a comment. This has drawn some attention and some people think it may be turning the tide in our favour.  We’ll see tomorrow night.

Take Heart, we’re almost there and we’re not alone.

May 7, 2009

Two fantastic articles/posts in the last 24hours from influential people in the media that you should read before you go to bed tonight, you’ll rest a bit better knowing there is reason and sanity in the world. Then get out there and spread the word for a few days more.

Andrew Coyne (editor : Macleans Magazine) : A Vote That Really Counts

Christy Clark (Host on CKNW and former BC Deputy Premier) : Why I’m Supporting STVyoutube video

Cyberspace is ours, now BC-STV must conquer meatspace.

May 7, 2009

I think the online buzz and opinion making for BC-STV is pretty solid at this point.  Letters are flooding onto websites of newspapers and blogs and twitter is all, well, a-twitter about the benefits of BC-STV.  Of course, the internet doesn’t get a vote and you can’t send in your ballot via twitter (yet) and there are some people out there not buzzing around online talking about the election.  Actually, most people aren’t.  This weekend most people will be shopping, attending conventions, street festivals and hockey games.

So we need to be there.

We need to get out of cyberspace and get into meatspace and talk to people using modulated soundwaves in the air.  We need to ask them to consider this important choice, offer them pamphlets to read more, tell them about the website to find videos and just plain-old answer their questions and assuage their fears, because there is nothing to be scared of except staying with FPTP forever.

So this is a call to everyone online, to go offline at some point in the next 4 days and connect with some real, physical people.  If everyone one of us online can convince 10 people and raise awareness of 100 people we might be able to actually do this thing.  Of course, we’ll use the internet to organize that 😉

Flyers : Here are some great flyers to print out about BC-STV. Print 100 and give them out this weekend.

Map : Here’s a map with the locations of some of BC-STV events that need volunteers or where people plan to be talking to pedestrians.  It will grow in the next few days, so far its just vancouver, but anyone in BC can use it.  If you have a gmail account you can edit it yourself and add your plans.  Maybe people will show up to help.

Pass the link on to your friends and add stuff to the map, then get out there and talk to people, the link is

Our second — and last — chance for change

May 5, 2009

A few must reads:

Oh ya, STV, that’s gonna pass this time right? #stvrocks

May 2, 2009

I get this a lot.  There are a lot of people who know about BC-STV, think its a great idea, an obviously great idea and assume its going to pass this time around.  That really gives me hope, I hope they’re right, I really do.  But some polls indicate that a lot of people, half the province or more, don’t even know about the referendum.  So I don’t know what to think except, lets not count our eggs until they’re hatched.  There is only a week and a bit to go, so lets just pretend for the next week that we’re not sure and make sure we do everything we can to make people aware of the importance of this referendum. Read the rest of this entry »

To Conduct a Ground War, You Need Maps!

April 28, 2009

Less than two weeks to go and the troops are rallying to the cry of voter power at long last. We can make it people, we just need to get some things done to get the word out. Inviting people to meeting is great, but if they don’t come then they don’t come. So the good people at the campaign are encouraging volunteers to get out on the street and spread the word.

These maps will hopefully help in some small way with that. One for #wavingwednesday tomorrow : basically get some friends or meet up with some people at a busy intersection at rush hour and wave banners at cars, hand out flyers and answer questions. Try to go in groups of 3-5 at big bustops, skytrain stations, gas stations, etc. And of course, we shouldn’t limit ourselves to wednesdays, but you know, alliteration is fun.

Read more here.

Response to Globe Article on BC-STV

April 22, 2009

The Globe and Mail has had a few articles recently on the upcoming referendum, some fair and some quite uninformed.  The following is a recent response I sent in to one of the more reasonable articles that still needed a few comments:

Re: Residents to vote on election reform

The explanation of BC-STV given by Greg Jones is on the whole fair and balanced except for two points.  Read the rest of this entry »

Quickly Ballotbox! To the electoralreformobile!

April 17, 2009

When we last left our hero, VoteMan, he had been defeated by the misguided henchmen Apathyon and Disinformationatrix.  Now, after a time of exile in his Citizen’s Assembly of solitude deep in the mountains of BC, VoteMan has returned!  With his trusty sidekick Ballotbox they will rid the province of wasted votes and ensure the people of BC get the government they want rather than having to resort to their own limited Strategic Voting powers.

Look for your electoral reform superheros this Sunday in the Sun Run and give them a cheer, they’ll be easy to spot in blue capes.  Then after the run look for even more heroes outside and inside the stadium, get a button, get a t-shirt and help defeat Apathyon and Disinformationatrix once and for all.

Power up your vote, say “Yes” to BC-STV! | The Coalition, BC-STV and next steps for the Left

April 15, 2009

Read this great article on about support for the BC-STV referendum and how it will affect political parties on the left.

The Coalition, BC-STV and next steps for the Left

I think the author has a fantastic point about mobilizing youth.  Read the rest of this entry »