Posts Tagged ‘STV’

And they’re off!

September 5, 2009

Its that time of year again, the kids are buying their supplies, the buses are filling up, the lectures are starting, the private jets are being booked and painted…that’s right, its time for another federal election!  What did you think I was talking about, yes school is starting too I suppose.

UBC is starting to fire up and soon it will be swarming with young people excited about learning … 🙂  Statistically they will probably be even less excited about a federal election.  Many young people are disconnected and cynical about our democracy.  This is understandable given the very disappointing result of the last BC election.  I don’t mean the party result, I’ll stay neutral about that, I mean the BC-STV referendum result.  Young people overwhelmingly supported switching BC’s electoral system to a proportional one that would have more fairly represented the wishes of the electorate.  Unfortunately, their parents believed the fear mongering and voted it down giving only 40% support when 60% was needed.

It’s easy to become depressed about changing the world when you can’t even make a sensible change to your own province.  There has been lots of discussion of what went wrong with that campaign but the truth is, in one sense, it doesn’t matter why it failed.  We need to keep trying to change our democracy, to improve it, to move it into the 21st century where we, all of us at UBC especially, will spend the bulk of our lives.  We live in a 21st century democracy with a 19th Century electoral process.  There are many ways it can be fixed, and all of us who want change need to work together for some change regardless of the details.  Any progress is progress.

So this year at UBC, we at the FairVoteUBC club will be asking you to put aside apathy and cynicism about democracy.  About politics sure, but not democracy.  We’ll likely be having a federal election before we even have our first term exams.  Then in the the spring we’ll have a campus election.  Last year we used a proportional system for the first time on campus, Condorcet ranked voting. Will we do so again this year, can we do even better? Can we use an STV style system to show everyone that we were not happy with the referendum result?  Can we send a louder message to Vancouver, to Victoria, to Ottawa?  Can we demand that the politicians who will be coming to woo us on this campus make electoral reform a top priority?

We need your help to find out.  We need your ideas. We need your energy. Let us know if you’ll join us (face/twit). And we’ll let you know where to find us on campus soon.


Long List of Official Endorsements of BC-STV released

May 8, 2009

This is a great list of famous people, smart people and fantastic community people who support BC-STV. Take a look!  My favourite part is this subset of the list of Canadians outside BC:

  • Maude Barlow, National Chairperson, Council of Canadians
  • Andrew Coyne, journalist, Macleans, National Post columnist
  • Bruce Cox, Executive Director, Greenpeace Canada
  • Kim Elliott, Publisher,
  • Andrea Horwath, Leader, Ontario NDP
  • Tom Kent, former chief advisor to Liberal Prime Minister Lester Pearson
  • Naomi Klein, author
  • Preston Manning, former Reform Party leader
  • Elizabeth May, leader Green Party of Canada
  • Farley Mowat, author
  • Walter Pitman, former NDP MP, former President, Canadian Civil Liberties Assoc.
  • Hugh Segal, Senator, Conservative Party, former PC leadership candidate
  • Lois Wilson, former President, World Council of Churches, former Senator
  • (US) Krist Novoselic, musician, formerly of Nirvana, currently Chair, Fair Vote (US)

Never thought I’d see Naomi Klein, Preston Manning, Elizabeth May and Farley Mowat together in any list of any kind.

Go BC-STV!….and go Canucks!

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 »

New BC-STV TV Ad – Help Raise Money to Show It On Air

April 27, 2009

New TV Ad being passed around on the internets, they need to raise more money to get it plastered on tv during big timeslots like the hockey games, take a look:

pretty spiffy, I think.

In other news:

  • the twitter buzz continues with #bcstv just behind #bcelection in buzz, take a look at the hashtag charts : #bcstv, #bcelection
  • the Georgia Straight had an article a few days ago about the size of the Facebook groups for the BC parties and leaders, too bad they didn’t mention the sizes of the BC-STV groups.  The “Yes for BC-STV” facebook group has more members than the all parties combined plus the “NO for STV” group (although thats not hard to add since they only have 270 members)
  • the flood of powered up Facebook and twitter profiles continues to grow, have you got powered up yet? If you have, then be sure to power up your friends too!

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!

Should I rank all the candidates in BC-STV?

April 14, 2009

Under the proposed new electoral system for British Columbia, BC-STV, you rank candidates rather than choose a single winner.  You may rank as many or as few candidates as you wish but people often ask “Should I rank everyone or is it better to just rank a few or one?”

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BC-STV in the News Down Under

April 9, 2009

Very interesting article from down under about BC-STV and the local eccentricities of New Zealand’s specialized MMP system.

BC-STV vs MMP: a psephological case study – BC-STV vs MMP: a psephological case study

Some of the things I learned from this article: Read the rest of this entry »

That was a Great Farm Trek

April 7, 2009

The Great Farm Trek of 2009 is over and it really lived up to the hype.  It was an exciting, enormous mass of people moving down the avenues of UBC.  There was music, singing and dancing.  There were chants and slogans.  There were signs and pamphlets and buttons from many different causes.  Our hardy, blue shirted band of BC-STVers were part of this sea of people,  around ten of us by the end of it.  The word got out, many words did, some eyes were opened and fun was had by all.

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Save the Farm and Save Democracy, All in One Day!

April 6, 2009

This tuesday April 7 at 3:30 there will be a rally for supporting keeping the current size and boundaries of the UBC farm, its called the “Great Farm Trek 2009“.  There will be great speakers, food, music and its a big end of term rally for  a cause loads of people believe passionately in.

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Why BC-STV is Simpler than FPTP, Two Words, Strategic Voting

April 3, 2009

Strategic voting is one of the things people like to complain about most in our current electoral system. I  wrote about strategic voting during the last federal election and how it has led to creative voting solutions like vote swapping.  Strategic voting is a natural response to an unfair system, if you don’t vote strategically under FPTP then you are not really accepting how your vote is counted. Bernard von Schulmann has a nice article about strategic voting and how BC-STV removes the need to worry about it.  Ideally we would like to have  a system that does not require strategic voting or anything complicated except people expressing their true, honest preferences on election day.

Thats why BC-STV is actually simpler than FPTP.

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