Proportional Representation Explained

Submitted by Patsy Ludwick

On behalf of Lead Now

Tuesday, July 17 2018

With the referendum on electoral reform fast approaching, it’s time BC citizens understood what’s at stake for all of us. Many of us admit we are unclear about the effectiveness of the various forms of proportional representation which have evolved in many countries where the electoral system was based on the traditional British process of a simple majority. How might it work proportional representation work in B.C., for Gabriolans?

Lead Now, an independent organization that campaigns for a just, sustainable, and equitable Canada, built and defended through the democratic power of an engaged public, is providing an opportunity to find some answers.

Katherine Palmer Gordon, a lawyer, author, and facilitator between indigenous communities and governments, is uniquely qualified to address this issue. 

In 2004, prior to the first BC referendum on this issue, Gordon was invited to address the Citizens’ Assembly Panel regarding the New Zealand experience of changing to an electoral system using proportional representation.

A New Zealander who has lived and worked in BC, including 11 years on Gabriola, Gordon will be on Gabriola on July 23 and has agreed to facilitate a discussion with anyone who would like some clarification on just what it is we will be voting for. 

And given the barrage of expensive campaigning by those who oppose this opportunity for electoral reform, it is high time for an exchange of information that will clear the air on this issue.

On Monday, July 23 at 10:30 at the Hive Emporium, Gordon will give a brief talk and respond directly to the questions that will help Gabriolans use their vote wisely. Everyone is welcome to join the discussion.