Reform the Vancouver Charter and British Columbia Local Government Act: Give BC municipalities control over local elections
Petition to Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development730 signatures
Vancouver City Council has formed an election task force to examine new tools for engaging voters and boosting turn-out during municipal elections. This is the latest development in a multi-partisan reform effort that spans over a decade. Beginning in 2005, the city petitioned the province for the ability to change the voting system used in local elections. Since that time, Vancouver city council has made unanimous requests for this change in 2007, 2010, 2012 and again in 2013. The provincial government failed to respond to any of these five (5) requests.
On April 4th, 2016, the Liberal government of Ontario announced enabling legislation which will allow municipalities the choice of changing their own local voting system. Meanwhile, though the BC Liberal Party promised to implement the majority of the recommendations from its 2010 Local Government Elections Task Force, they failed to address voting system reform in advance of the 2014 municipal elections.
We hereby call on the government of British Columbia to immediately pass enabling legislation to allow local governments to enact voting system reforms as necessary to ensure healthy and participatory democracies.
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My name is Keith Poore, I recently moved to Vancouver after graduating from the University of Guelph in Ontario. I started working in a career I love. I was part of the Ranked Ballot movement in Guelph before coming to Vancouver and am still passionate about having fair elections.
Brendan is a Vancouver-based sustainability professional. He is formerly from the Tri-Cities, where he was active in several community-driven campaigns such as gaining protected status for Walton Urban Forest and remediating Scott Creek. The challenges he has faced in the civic engagement process have convinced him of the need for fair democratic representation at the municipal level.
Kevin LuKevin is a public health researcher based out of the School of Population and Public Health at UBC. After being introduced to the ideas of electoral reform in his studies at McGill University, Kevin believes that changing our local and national electoral systems will not only bolster democratic engagement, but also result in stronger citizen representation in our political institutions.He is originally from Ottawa where he was involved with Ottawa123, a non-partisan group pushing for ranked choice voting in the nation’s capital.