Deepening Democracy Survey Responses

Summary

We invited parties and candidates to respond to 22 questions related to democratic practices in BC.  The NDP responded with a description of the democracy-related aspects of their platform; the Green Party, several smaller parties, and many individual Green Party and independent candidates filled out the survey; the Liberals opted to respond only to our related Vancouver-only Our City, Our Choices question, and we received no response from the BC Conservative Party.

The following table represents our best estimate of the position of various parties on the issues in our Deepening Democracy survey based either on their responses to our survey or their published platform.  Where we feel we do not have sufficient information to judge a position, we have left the space blank  We use + or ++ to indicate support or strong support for a proposed measure, 0 to indicate neutral, and – or — to indicate opposition or strong opposition for a proposed measure.  A ‘*’ indicates that a party has a related position described further down this page.  In the ‘Process for Voting Reform’, ERC = Electoral Reform Commission, CA = Citizens’ Assembly, LC = Legislative Committee.  Each line corresponds to a more detailed question – please visit our main page to view the questions in detail.  BCCP = BC Conservative Party, CHP = Christian Heritage Party, YPP = Your Political Party, PNP = Progressive Nationalist Party.

Engagement:

Issue

Liberal

NDP

Green

BCCP

CHP

YPP

PNP

Pre-register 16 & 17 year olds

++

0

+

++

Lower voting age

+

0

Gag law: small entity exemption

++

++

Gag law: exempt charities

+

0

Review Initiative Act

++

++

++

Internet voting only if endorsed by computer professionals

+

Internet-based citizen engagement

+

+

++

Representation:

Issue

Liberal

NDP

Green

BCCP

CHP

YPP

PNP

Pursue voting reform

++

++

+

++

Support proportional representation

++

+

++

++

Acceptable processes for voting reform

ERC, CA, LC

ERC, CA

ERC, CA, LC

CA

Remove requirement that party leader sign nominations

0

++

All-party committees to draft legislation

*

++

+

+

++

Increase free votes

++

++

++

++

Caucus to select premier

+

+

++

Give Vancouver more autonomy

++*

0

++

++

Accountability:

Issue

Liberal

NDP

Green

BCCP

CHP

YPP

PNP

Increase legislative oversight of spending

++

++

++

++

Establish Legislative Budget Officer

++

++

++

++

Eliminate union and corporate donations

++

++

++

0

0

Ban extra-provincial donations

*

+

++

0

++

Implement contribution limits

*

+

++

0

++

Implement majority of Local Government Election Task Force recommendations

+,*

+

++

+

0

Review Local Government issues not in task force scope

+,*

+

+

+

0

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Responses from Parties

Responses below are shown in the order in which they were received:

Christian Heritage Party:

The Christian Heritage Party of British Columbia (CHP BC) is committed to bringing real democracy back to the voters in BC. This will include the prevention of corporate or trade union or third party financial contributions to any political party in BC.

Your Political Party:

YPP would make all votes in the legislature free votes so that MLAs are able to represent their conscience and their communities.

We see no reason that the government should be overthrown if legislation does not pass. This should just mean that the legislation needs to be redrafted and reposed in a way that is acceptable to the representatives.

YPP believes that the budget should be voted on line item by line item. Then every dollar spent should be made public on the internet for every British Columbian to see and help uncover waste and ineffective spending.

Green Party of BC:

The Green Party of BC hasn’t adopted this policy [lowered voting age] yet, but it is consistent with our views on making democracy more inclusive. (By the way, the Green Party of Canada [i.e. the federal Green Party] already supports lowering the voting age to 16.)

Freedom of speech is a fundamental democratic principle. As it is currently written, the “Gag Law” is undemocratic, and completely unacceptable.

Greens are on record as calling for an amendment to the Initiative and Recall Act “… to add clarity related to conduction, decision-making, and criteria for both initiative and Recall, and to make this an effective tool for both citizens and legislators.” So, yes, we are in favour of making it more effective and available to BC citizens.

Re: Internet voting:  The Green Party itself uses the internet to allow its members to vote on internal issues, such as adopting our official party policies.

Re: Pursuing voting reform:  Yes, the Green Party of BC fully supports voting reforms that would make our legislatures more representative and democratic.  In the referendum on electoral reform in 2005, 58% of British Columbian voters said they wanted to change to the system of voting recommended by the Citizen’s Assembly. So clearly, the voters have made their wishes known. Greens believe the provincial government should, therefore, embrace electoral reform, without reservation. But until that time, we will encourage and support efforts by citizens to increase the pressure on government to act.

Re: Supporting proportional representations:  Absolutely. Proportional Representation is one of our core values. Under the heading of “Participatory Democracy”, our policy Green Book states that we are, “Working to create proportionally elected governments that represent and engage citizens.”

Greens would support either an Independent Electoral Reform Commission or a Citizens’ Assembly.  If the Legislative Committee option included complete transparency, and representation by all political parties, then a Legislative committee could also be a step in the right direction.

Re: Removing requirement that leader sign nominations:  The Green Party of BC has a vetting process for candidates, as do most political parties, I imagine. (And Elections BC currently requires the signatures of two party officers, in order for a candidate to be placed on the ballot.) Our view is that the vetting process solves more problems than it creates.

Re: All-party committees:  We believe that no single party has a monopoly on wisdom. If BC Greens formed the government, we would welcome as many other voices as could fit around the table. So, yes, we would support all-party committees.

Re: Free votes:  Absolutely. The Green Party, in fact, has no “whip”, so Green MLAs would always be free to vote their conscience.

Re: Caucus or legislature selection of premier:  Allowing the legislature to elect the premier would be consistent with our principles of participatory democracy.

Re: Vancouver’s autonomy:  Surely, this should be a matter for Vancouver voters to decide. And the provincial government cannot be allowed to stifle the voice of the people, once the voters have made a democratic choice. [note: the GP had indicated a neutral response for this question, but their commentary suggests they would be strongly supportive]

Green MLAs will support measures that increase transparency of the legislative process and increase oversight in the legislature.

Although the GP does not have an official policy on extra-provincial donations, banning them would be consistent with our views on MLAs being more responsive to BC voters.

Our official policy is to support campaign reform that would limit political donations from any one person or organization to $2,000 per political party, per year.

Re: Local Government Elections Task Force recommendations:  Although our preferences on the details may differ, the Green Party of BC agrees, in principle, with the stated goals of those recommendations.  I.e. to: Ensure Accountability, Enhance Transparency, Strengthen Compliance and Enforcement, Increase Accessibility and Expand Education and Advice.

BC NDP:

We understand and agree with your concerns regarding Engagement, Representation and Accountability and thank you for contacting us regarding our positions on these matters.

Adrian Dix and the BCNDP are concerned that the ongoing decline in voter turnout has been driven in large part by the perception of citizens that their vote does not matter. We believe every political party has to take responsibility for the growing public cynicism that weakens our province’s democratic institutions because lack of participation has serious consequences for our democracy and our society.

A key priority for the BC NDP is to restore faith in our political process. At its best, politics is about people coming together to solve common problems, collectively and democratically. We will work to increase our ability to work together to solve common problems, to advance the larger public interest, and to create a better future in British Columbia.

The BC NDP will introduce reforms that encourage individuals to return to the voting booth and increase participation in our democracy as a whole. Our platform takes practical steps to address voter engagement and better accountability.

A BC NDP government will:

1. Enhance our democracy

  • Ban taxpayer-funded partisan advertising, and pass legislation to ensure all government advertising is reviewed and approved by the Auditor General.
  • Increase youth voter turnout by lowering the voter registration age to 16.
  • End corporate and union donations to political parties, and refer related issues to an all-party committee, including parties which are not represented in the Legislature.
  • Move the next provincial election to the fall of 2017 so voters will have complete and accurate information about provincial finances.

2. Restore openness and accountability

  • Strengthen Freedom of Information laws and empower legislative committees to undertake meaningful consultation with British Columbians.
  • Conduct a judicial inquiry into the sale of BC Rail.

3. Improve local autonomy

  • Recognize local governments as an independent, responsible and accountable order of government, and empower them to enact municipal electoral finance reform.
  • Repeal the Significant Project Streamlining Act, end the P3 requirement for projects over $50 million, and reinstate local decision making on the creation of resort municipalities.
  • Reform TransLink to allow elected municipal representation on the decision-making board.

We will also implement the Local Government Election Task Force Recommendations for the 2014 municipal elections. And we will also consider any request made by the City of Vancouver with regards to improving the electoral process. The BC NDP has committed to change for the better means restoring trust in our democracy and offering good government.

For more information and to see our full platform please go to www.bcndp.ca/plan.

BC Liberal Party:

The BC Liberal Party has only responded to our Vancouver-focused Our City, Our Choices survey.  We reviewed their party platform and it contains no mention of democracy issues or electoral or voting reform.

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Responses from Individuals

Detailed responses from individual candidates are shown below, sorted alphabetically by riding;  all responses received by May 2nd are posted.

Name Riding Party Contact Email Website 1. Pre-Registration of Young People:  Do you support pre-registration of citizens at the age of 15 or 16 (eg, through high schools and/or driving license offices)? 2. Lowering the Voting Age:  Do you support lowering the voting age to 16 or 17? 3. ‘Gag Law’: Exemption on Third Party Registration for Individuals and Small Entities:  Do you support implementing an expenditure threshold for individuals and small entities (eg, non-profit organizations) below which they are not required to register as election advertisers? 4. ‘Gag Law’: Exemption on Third Party Registration for Charities:  Do you support exempting charities from the requirement to register as election advertisers? 5. Initiative Rights:  Do you support a process to review and refine BC’s Initiative Act to make it more accessible to BC citizens? 6. Internet Voting:  Do you support moving towards adopting internet voting only when and if independent professional computer security organizations publicly endorse such a move? 7. Internet-Mediated Citizen Engagement:  Do you support significant expansion of internet-mediated processes for engaging citizens and NGOs in public policy development? Comments 8. Advancing Voting Reform:  Do you support renewing a public deliberative process aimed at addressing our representation deficiencies? 9. Advancing Voting Reform:  Do you support the principle of proportional representation (ie, that all voters are, to the greatest extent practical, equally entitled to representation of their own choosing in the legislature)? 10. Advancing Voting Reform:  Which of the following processes proposed by BC’s Chief Elections Officer do you believe are appropriate for taking the next step towards voting reform? 11. Reducing Party Discipline:  Do you support eliminating the requirement that the party leader sign candidate nomination papers? 12. Reducing Party Discipline:  Do you support shifting more responsibility for drafting legislation to all-party committees? 13. Reducing Party Discipline:  Do you support making the majority of legislative votes free votes? 14. Reducing Party Discipline:  Do you support having either the government caucus or even the whole legislature elect the premier? 15. Civic Voting Reform Rights for Vancouver:  Do you support granting Vancouver the right to choose the voting system it feels best suits the needs of its citizens? Comments 16. Increasing Legislative Oversight of Spending:  Do you support increasing MLAs’ legislative oversight by requiring less ‘bundling’ of spending votes and greater consideration of individual spending proposals? 17. Legislative Budget Office & Officer:  Do you support establishing an independent legislative budget officer? 18. Campaign Finance Reform:  Do you support eliminating union and corporate donations to provincial parties and candidates? 19. Campaign Finance Reform:  Do you support banning donations from entities outside the province to provincial parties and candidates? 20. Campaign Finance Reform:  Do you support implementing contribution limits? 21. Local Government Election Task Force Recommendations:  Do you support implementing the majority of recommendations of the LGETF? 22. Local Government Election Task Force Recommendations:  Do you support revisiting, through a broader public consultation, some of the negative recommendations of the LGETF and issues they did not consider within their scope? Comments
Moe Gill Abbotsford West Independent info@moegill.com http://www.moegill.com 3 2 4 2 5 5 5 4 5 Independent Electoral Reform Commission, Citizens’ Assembly 4 4 4 4 1 While I support electoral reforms, in the case of Question 15, I don’t think that Vancouver should vote in a fashion independent of the rest of the Province. It should be all the same methodology across the Province. 5 5 4 5 5 4 4
Stephen O’Shea Abbotsford West Green Party stephen.oshea@greenparty.bc.ca stephenoshea.ca 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 5 5 Independent Electoral Reform Commission, Citizens’ Assembly 3 4 5 4 4 4 4 5 4 4 4 4
Carrie McLaren Burnaby North Green Party carrie.mclaren@greenparty.bc.ca 4 5 3 3 4 4 4 5 5 Independent Electoral Reform Commission, Citizens’ Assembly 3 5 5 4 4 4 5 5 5 5 4 4
Rick McGowan Burnaby-Deer Lake Green Party 604 899 2732 greenparty.bc.ca 5 4 3 4 5 3 5 I am certainly in favour of individual free speech. I do have reservations about individuals and corporations with deep pockets using slick, expensive advertising campaigns that are short on fact and long on hyperbole. The more information voters have the better their ability to choose good leaders. Decisions based on fear or anger are often the wrong decisions. 5 5 Independent Electoral Reform Commission, Citizens’ Assembly 3 5 5 5 5 I support allowing municipal parties the right to choose  the most effective voting system for citizens. That said, seeing how a single party can dominate the electoral process as is the case in Burnaby, I would like to see an independent review of the Local Elections Act 5 5 5 5 5 4 4 I am not in favour of a corporate vote which was floated in discussions of the LGETF.
Chris Aikman Comox Valley Green Party chrisaikman@shaw.ca dreamgreen.ca 5 5 4 3 4 5 5 5 5 Independent Electoral Reform Commission, Citizens’ Assembly 3 4 5 3 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 4
Ron Peters Coquitlam-Burke Mountain Green Party ron.peters@greenparty.bc.ca http://www.greenparty.bc.ca/ron_peters 4 4 3 3 4 4 4 The Greens strong prefer donations made by individuals over those made by organizations but, until such time as there are limits placed on,e.g., corporate & union donations, it’s fair to say we wouldn’t want anyone to threaten any charitable organization’s funding. 5 5 Independent Electoral Reform Commission, Citizens’ Assembly 2 4 5 4 5 Vetting candidates seems like an essential step – I can’t see any real advantage in dropping this; the disadvantages seem stark, however. 4 4 5 4 5 4 5
Kerry Davis Cowichan Valley Green Party KerryDavis2013@gmail.com http://www.VoteKerryDavis.ca 3 4 5 5 5 2 5 1. The Green Party of BC doesn’t have a policy on this issue yet, but please see our answer to the question on lowering the voting age.2. I could support it with a better education component. The Green Party of BC hasn’t adopted this policy yet, but it is consistent with our views on making democracy more inclusive. (By the way, the Green Party of Canada [i.e. the federal Green Party] already supports lowering the voting age to 16.)3. Freedom of speech is a fundamental democratic principle. As it is currently written, the “Gag Law” is undemocratic, and completely unacceptable.4. Our “Green Book” of policies says that we will “Bring in campaign finance reform to reduce the influence that special interest groups can gain over government with their campaign contributions”. Furthermore, we are on record as opposing political contributions by corporations and unions. So you can see that we favor donations made by individuals, rather than by organizations. However, until such time as organizations are prohibited from making donations, stifling the political activities of charities by threatening to withhold their funding must be viewed as an abuse of power.

5. Greens are on record as calling for an amendment to the Initiative and Recall Act “… to add clarity related to conduction, decision-making, and criteria for both initiative and Recall, and to make this an effective tool for both citizens and legislators.” So, yes, we are in favour of making it more effective and available to BC citizens.

6. We do not have a policy that specifically mentions the adoption of internet voting, however, we fully support any effort to make the democratic process more inclusive. If a way can be found for Internet Voting to be private and free from coercion, the Green Party would support it.

7. Yes, the Green Party itself uses the internet to allow its members to vote on internal issues, such as adopting our official party policies.

5 5 Independent Electoral Reform Commission, The first referendum should have been to decide whether a change to the voting system was wanted. A second referendum should have been held to choose one. 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
john “shrek” shavluk Delta North Independent boats@telus.net shavluk.com 5 5 5 1 5 5 5 I have run many times calling for voting on line …a unified police force…your right to die with dignity..and legal cannabisseehttp://shavluk.com/ 5 1 Independent Electoral Reform Commission, I want nopartys formally on ballots as it solves all this 5 1 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
Bill Marshall Delta North Green Party bill@bluemoonadvertising.ca http://www.greenparty.bc.ca/ 5 5 5 3 5 5 5 5 4 Independent Electoral Reform Commission, Citizens’ Assembly 4 5 5 5 5 4 5 5 5 5 5 5
Susan Low Esquimalt-Royal Roads Green Party susan@susanlow2013.com http://www.susanlow2013.com 5 5 5 3 5 5 5 Please note my support in question 6 is for the need to wait until internet security experts express the opinion that internet voting can be done securely. One of the fundamental principles of our voting system is that your vote is a sealed, private ballot. Internet technologies require tracking of votes in order to prevent duplicate voting or fraud, so I don’t see how internet voting can (with present technology) be used and still uphold our voting privacy. I’m open to new information on this issue of course. 5 5 Independent Electoral Reform Commission, Citizens’ Assembly 2 5 5 4 On question 11, I feel that a party leader’s nomination generally comes with a certain vetting process which I believe is in the best interests of voters. I like that part, although I recognize that the party nomination is a hammer held over incumbents and new candidates to force people to toe the party line. On question 15 I haven’t answered because I am not familiar with the issue, not being a resident of Vancouver. 4 5 5 5 5 4 4
John Kidder Fraser-Nicola Green Party john.kidder@greenparty.bc.ca http://www.johnkidder.ca 5 4 3 3 3 5 5 I strongly support internet voting – it can be done, technical issues are not that difficult 5 5 Citizens’ Assembly 4 5 5 4 5 Party discipline has taken the guts out of responsible parliament, now legislators report to the leader’s office rather than to their peers and the public. 5 4 5 5 5 4 4 campaign finance reform needs also to extend spending in non-writ periodslocal governments need more flexibility to respond to local issues
Michael Patterson Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Green Party michael.patterson@greenparty.bc.a 4 3 2 2 4 2 5 4 4 Independent Electoral Reform Commission, Citizens’ Assembly 3 4 4 4 3 4 4 4 5 4 4 4
Mayo McDonough Nanaimo-North Cowichan Green Party mayo.mcdonough@greenparty.bc.ca mayomcdonough.ca 4 4 1 1 4 5 4 5 4 Independent Electoral Reform Commission, Citizens’ Assembly 2 5 5 4 4 5 5 5 4 4 4 4 We need a culture of consultation and respect that goes along with any legislation we accept.
Sjeng Derkx Nelson-Creston Green Party sjeng@sjeng.ca http://www.sjeng.ca 3 5 5 5 5 1 4 There is no voting system more secure or beautiful than our trusted  old pen and paper ballot system. Let us keep it when we move to proportional representation. 5 5 Independent Electoral Reform Commission 3 5 5 5 5 MLAs should have their constituents as their first priority, the province as their second and their party third. 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
James Crosty New Westminster Independent crostyca@gmail.com crosty.ca 5 5 1 1 5 5 5 Questions 3 & 4: No person/orgainization should be allowed to advertise in an election without identification.  Democracy should be transparent and clear in who promotes what in an election.  Further, charities or non-profits should be focused on the core values for being a donation based orgainization and not the political process. If the mandate is for political purposes these organizations should be subject to the Elections Act. 5 5 Independent Electoral Reform Commission, Citizens’ Assembly 3 5 5 1 5 Question 11: Party policies are the responsiblities of the party.  In a democracy what a party decides is the choice of the party. If you don’t like these policies you have a choice of voting for them or not.
Question 13: Though I support reducing party discipline I know this is not practical in a party system.
Question 14: I believe the public should vote for the party leader as selected by it’s party.  This provides a clear option for the public even it this means the party system. An option would be to have a ballot that allows voters to choose a leader directly.
5 5 5 5 5 5 5
Terry Teather New Westminster Green Party terry.teather@greenparty.bc.ca http://www.facebook.com/TerryTeatherNewWestminsterGreen 5 4 5 3 5 5 5 re: #4
stifling any donations by charities is an abuse of power until such time that unions,corporations etc are included in this limitation.. We need to ensure that individuals should be the prime donors to political parties and campaigns thus reducing the influence of special interest groups of all types.
5 5 Independent Electoral Reform Commission, Citizens’ Assembly 2 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
Jaime Webbe North Vancouver-Seymour Independent jaime@jaimewebbe.com http://www.jaimewebbe.com 5 5 1 1 5 3 5 I believe that all MLA’s should be required to submit real time expense reporting to their constituents and should support an online petition process that would require them to research, discuss and present a position on any issues that are supported by a number of constituents. 3 3 Citizens’ Assembly 5 5 5 5 1 I am running as an independent specifically because I oppose the extent to which party politics and partisanship dictate decision making in the legislature.MLA’s should be representing their constituents and residents of BC not their party and their career aspirations. 5 5 2 2 5 3 3
Andrew Weaver Oak Bay-Gordon Head Green Party andrew.weaver@greenparty.bc.ca voteweaver.ca 5 3 3 4 4 5 5 5 5 Independent Electoral Reform Commission, Citizens’ Assembly, Legislative Committee 5 5 5 4 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 3
Tyrel Pohl Peace River South Independent tyrelpohl@hotmail.com 3 2 4 2 4 5 4 4 5 Independent Electoral Reform Commission 5 5 5 5 1 4 4 5 3 3 4 3
Karen McDowell Prince George-Mackenzie Green Party karen.mcdowell@greenparty.bc.ca http://www.greenparty.bc.ca/karenmcdowell 5 5 1 1 5 5 5 I would also fight for proportionate representation. Elections need to be run transparently, fairly, and include everyone’s voice! 5 5 Independent Electoral Reform Commission, Citizens’ Assembly, Legislative Committee, We don’t need to re-invent the wheel – we should look to what other countries are doing to improve the process as well. 5 5 5 3 5 4 5 4 4 5 5 5
Mike Donovan Richmond-Steveston Unparty: the Consensus-Building Party mike@unparty.ca http://unparty.ca 3 3 5 1 5 I work in the Quality Assurance (QA) field of software development. It is commonly understood that no software is bug-free. Internet voting would cause me concerns. 5 5 Citizens’ Assembly 5 5 5 5 5 I and the party I belong to (Unparty) believe Citizens’ Assemblies could be used for policy-making and not just for electoral reform. It is on our platform. As an aside, the idea of Citizens’ Assemblies falls under the general concept of sortition (see Donovan, SFU, 2012). 5 5
Tim Binnema Surrey-Fleetwood Green Party binnema08@gmail.com 4 4 4 4 3 4 5 5 5 Independent Electoral Reform Commission, Citizens’ Assembly 3 5 5 5 4 5 5 5 4 4 5 5
Matthew Pedley Vancouver-Fairview Green Party matthew.pedley@greenpart.bc.ca votepedley.ca 5 4 4 4 5 5 5 5 Independent Electoral Reform Commission, Citizens’ Assembly 3 5 5 5 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 4 I am committed to electoral finance reform and addressing all of the issues raised in the above questions. I think it is extremely important to level the playing field to help ensure the government represents its people.
Stuart Mackinnon Vancouver-Fraserview Green Party stuart.mackinnon@greenparty.bc.ca greenparty.bc.ca/stuartmackinnon 4 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 Independent Electoral Reform Commission, Citizens’ Assembly, Legislative Committee 3 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 4 5
Brennan Wauters Vancouver-Hastings Green Party brennanwauters@gmail.com http://www.greenparty.bc.ca/brennan_wauters 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 Citizens’ Assembly 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
Chris Fjell Vancouver-Kensington Green Party chris.fjell@greenparty.bc.ca greenparty.bc.ca/chrisfjell 4 4 2 2 4 1 4 5 5 Independent Electoral Reform Commission, Citizens’ Assembly, Legislative Committee 2 5 5 4 5 5 4 5 5 5 3 3
Jeremy Gustafson Vancouver-Mount Pleasant Independent apathyhasavoice@gmail.com http://apathyhasavoice.com/ 5 4 3 2 5 3 4 We use internet voting in my union, IATSE local 891, that seems to be secure and works just fine. 4 4 Independent Electoral Reform Commission, Legislative Committee 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
Damian Kettlewell Vancouver-Quilchena Green Party damian.kettlewell@greenparty.bc.ca http://www.greenparty.bc.ca/damiankettlewell 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 Legislative Committee 3 5 5 3 5 5 4 5 5 5 5 5
Richard Warrington West Vancouver-Sea to Sky Green Party richard.warrington@greenparty.bc.ca 3 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 Legislative Committee 1 5 5 5 5 I view any restriction on an individual’s ability to vote as undemocratic. Currently, a voter may vote at polling stations anywhere in BC. But, if there is no candidate running for the voter’s party of choice in the voter’s riding, then he or she cannot vote for that party. I consider that a restriction and one easily remedied by allowing for the casting of votes for candidate OR party in every riding. 5 5 5 3 5 5 5

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