Your Values, Your Choice, Your Guide to the Referendum

COMOX VALLEY, BC –Do you want more information about BC’s referendum that will be coming to your mailbox this fall? Do you want to clarify your own position about the choices? Or are you just plain confused?

Here’s your opportunity to clear up all the buzz around this electoral reform referendum, scheduled between Oct. 22 and Nov. 30. Barb Berger, chair of Fair Vote Comox Valley will be presenting an information session on the referendum and the reasons why there is a push for change. The single most important question will be whether to keep our existing electoral system, known as First Past The Post (FPTP) or change to a system of Proportional Representation. The presentation will also involve a closer examination of the voting systems that will be on the ballot.

On the bill as well is Jamie Deith, who has a background in systems design. He has had direct involvement with past referendums and is extremely knowledgeable about electoral systems. Deith has devised a questionnaire that allows participants to clarify whether they support FPTP or PR and rank the choices according to their answers.

As has been quoted by everyone on the spectrum of this debate, “Proportional Representation would be a fundamental change to our democracy.” What kind of democracy do you want to see?

The evening will be held at the United Church, 250 Beach Drive in Comox, on Wednesday, September 12, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

The United Church expects a full house at the first-come first-seated presentation. Admission is by donation and baked goods will be available for purchase.

Make Every Vote Count!

March 14th 7 – 9 pm  (Doors open at 6:30)
Stan Hagen Theatre, NIC

Guest Speakers:
Elizabeth May(Member of Special Committee on Electoral Reform, MP Saanich-Gulf Islands)
Rachel Blaney(MP North Island-Powell River)
Barb Berger (Fair Vote BC)
Sheldon Falk (BC Federation of Students, NISU)

For free tickets click here

Come and find out how you can get involved in the Fair Vote Comox Valley campaign.

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FMI: fairvotecomoxvalley@gmail.com

Electoral Reform in BC – Update

electoral reformAt our AGM on Nov. 23, Comox Valley Council of Canadians welcomed Terry Dance Bennink, chair of the Fair Vote Canada – BC Steering Committee (FVC-BC).

Ms Bennink gave the keynote address about what is happening with electoral reform in the province of BC. She spoke about the need for reform. Our current system is outdated and does not represent the diverse nature of our society. Proportional representation (PR) is a more democratic way to govern and almost every vote counts. You can watch her speech at this link.

The BC Government has introduced legislation to hold a referendum in the fall of 2018 which will ask British Columbians to decide whether B.C. should keep its current voting system (First Past the Post) or move to a system of Proportional Representation.

The most important thing you can do now is to participate in the government online survey before February 28, 2018.

FVC-BC steering committee has put out a guide to the survey in order to help answer questions that are difficult to understand.
The survey is asking for input from voters on key elements of the fall 2018 referendum.

It is also very important to sign the pledge to vote yes for PR in the upcoming referendum so that you can be counted on to help change the way we fulfill democracy in BC.

We have a very good chance to bring democracy into the 21st century for both British Columbia and the rest of Canada in the future.

2017 AGM with Keynote Speaker

It has been another busy year for the Comox Valley Council of Canadians. On Thursday, Nov. 23, the Chapter invites you to attend their 2017 AGM and presentation Proportional Representation Gives Every Voter a Voice!

The evening will begin with the Chapter’s news and updates on their various campaigns and activities, in what has been an exciting year. We will also present our Community Action Award for 2017.

Keynote speaker Terry Dance-Bennink, chair of Fair Vote Canada-BC, will address how, by moving forward with proportional representation (PR), we can make sure every British Columbian’s vote counts.

“B.C. is a vast and diverse province and people want to know their values are being represented in the legislature,” says Barb Berger, member of the CV Chapter. “Canada is one of the last Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries yet to adopt a proportional voting system. It’s time we take this important step to bring our democracy into the 21st century.”

“We may just get our chance,” says Dance-Bennink, “when BC holds its referendum on PR next fall. With PR, parties will no longer be able to rely on ‘safe’ seats during an election.”

Dance-Bennick will highlight why we need to change our voting system. She’ll also discuss the benefits of PR and lay out the Fair Vote campaign strategy to win the 2018 referendum.

The Chapter invites you to bring your questions to our highly regarded guest speaker. Let’s talk and grow the PR discussion!

Everyone is welcome to what promises to be an interesting and informative evening – bring a friend – Thursday, Nov. 23, Lower Native Sons Hall, Courtenay 7 p.m.