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Referendum Next Year: The recently-elected NDP government in BC has promised to hold a referendum on replacing “our outdated voting system with a proportional one” (and to campaign in favour of the reform). The Green Party has joined them in a confidence and supply agreement that commits both parties to consult with British Columbians and campaign in support of updating our voting system. Check out our links below for more information about voting system possibilities for BC.

Referendum Campaign Alliance: Fair Voting BC is currently working with other electoral reform organizations to put together a larger Alliance to campaign in this upcoming referendum. Please click the yellow button above to sign up on our mailing list and be notified when the Alliance officially launches (hopefully in a few weeks).

Charter Challenge: Fair Voting BC has also launched a Charter Challenge arguing that our current voting system violates our Charter right to effective representation. Please click the blue button below to learn more about the challenge and to offer your support.

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Why Voting Reform

Fundamentally, it’s a matter of our civil rights – Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees us effective representation, but fewer than half of us have an MP we voted for.

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Fair Ways BC Could Vote

Most developed countries use some form of Proportional Representation (PR) voting. The most frequently discussed in Canada are STV (Single Transferable Vote) and MMP (Mixed Member Proportional), but there are other possibilities as well.

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Federal Reform

The Canadian government ran a review process last year with the originally-stated goal of recommending by December a new voting system for Canada.

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