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We are the company we keep

10.17.18 | Commentary, Proportional Representation | 

Radical right-wing extremists are elected under first-past-the-post. Huh. You’ve probably heard this: proportional representation will elect more far-right extremists, white supremacists, sexists and general bad guys. It’s the No-to-pro-rep side’s favourite (only?) argument. They cite recent examples of Poland, Hungary and Austria to prove their claims. Part of this is true. Poland, Hungary and Austria […]

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What exactly is Proportional Representation?

10.16.18 | Campaigns, Proportional Representation | 

Don’t let them fool you. This vote is easier than you think. Have you ever felt like those in power don’t represent you? Or that your vote doesn’t make a difference anyway? You certainly aren’t alone. This fall, B.C. has one shot, one opportunity to ensure every vote counts. But you need to cast a […]

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Young voters key to winning Pro Rep

10.03.18 | Campaigns, Proportional Representation | 

Top priority for reform supporters? Connecting with British Columbians under 35. “British Columbians split on whether to change our voting system,” announced the News 1130 headline after the latest Angus Reid poll. “It looks like the upcoming referendum on changing our voting system is going to be a toss up.” But dive into the demographics […]

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A little bit country, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll

09.27.18 | Campaigns, Democracy, Proportional Representation | 

An ode to the beautiful mix of rural and urban voters that make B.C. unique “All you spoiled brats in the city know how to do is spend the resource riches generated by hardworking rural B.C.” “Oh yeah? Who pays for all that highway infrastructure so you rednecks can drive around in your big trucks?” […]

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Podcast for September 2018: We quashed the Trans Mountain pipeline. Now what?

09.20.18 | Actions, Campaigns, Democracy, No Tankers, Organizing, Podcast, Proportional Representation | 

On August 30 2018, the Federal Court of Appeal ruled on fourteen different court cases brought forward against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion’s NEB review process. And they all won. The court invalidated the permit approval on the basis of two claims: 1. The NEB under Trudeau’s government did not adequately consult First Nations and […]

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Five ways B.C. eats its young

09.19.18 | General | 

Our system was built for boomers. They will fight to preserve it. My parents are 62 and 64. I love them. But sometimes I resent their generation. Baby boomers love to talk about how hard they worked to get where they are today. How they “scrimped and saved.” How they made good choices. The reality […]

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One simple way to make politics suck less

09.19.18 | General | 

Elect women. Especially young women. Look at these people:   To me, apart from Christy Clark, they all look like my dad and three of my uncles. None of B.C.’s former premiers look like me, and I’m going to guess they don’t look like you. Call it another form of manspreading. When it comes to […]

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Where are all the women?

09.13.18 | Commentary, Democracy, Proportional Representation | 

There is one simple way to make politics better: elect more women. Look at these people: To me, with the exception of Christy Clark, B.C.’s former premiers all look the same. None of them look like me — they don’t reflect more than half of B.C.’s population. Not enough has changed since the “founding fathers.” […]

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