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Big donors, developers desperate to stop Pro Rep

11.02.18 | Commentary, Democracy, Proportional Representation |  Lisa Sammartino

British Columbia’s political elites line up behind the status quo In November 2017, British Columbia finally banned corporate and union donations in politics. This was not an easy feat. Many politicians, donors and lobbyists worked very hard to make sure that ride did not come to an end. But everyday British Columbians won that battle […]

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Podcast for October 2018: The case for Pro Rep

10.30.18 | Actions, News, Organizing, Podcast, Proportional Representation |  Lisa Sammartino

In this Pro Rep deep dive, Seth Klein, the director of the B.C. chapter of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, dispels the myths of the No side, explains what proportional representation really is and how it will fix our democracy, and describes what your three Pro Rep options on the ballot are. This episode […]

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Who’s afraid of Pro Rep?

10.19.18 | Commentary, Proportional Representation |  Lisa Sammartino

 And what exactly are they so worried about?   “A proportional representation system will elect neo-nazis and right-wing extremists.” “This system is too confusing for regular people to understand.” “Under Pro Rep, rural communities will have no representation.” There is a lot of misinformation about Pro Rep flying around right now. (We’ve debunked these myths […]

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We are the company we keep

10.17.18 | Commentary, Proportional Representation |  Lisa Sammartino

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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One simple way to make politics suck less

09.19.18 | General |  Lisa Sammartino

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 |  Lisa Sammartino

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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No consequences

09.07.18 | Commentary, Proportional Representation |  Lisa Sammartino

Why lying politicians love first-past-the-post Court rulings have a funny way of cutting through political talking points. Last week the Federal Court of Appeal made it clear: Justin Trudeau was bullshitting all along. His government did not honourably or adequately consult B.C. First Nations, and it approved a major oil tanker project without considering the […]

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“Call in the cops” — B.C. wants action on money-laundering

06.27.18 | Ban Big Money, Democracy, Media |  Lisa Sammartino

For immediate release June 27, 2018 “CALL IN THE COPS” — BRITISH COLUMBIANS WANT ACTION ON MONEY-LAUNDERING VANCOUVER — British Columbians are calling for a dedicated anti-corruption task force, like the UPAC police unit in Quebec, to investigate connections between money-laundering, drug dealers, major political donors and B.C. politicians. “Today’s release of the first German […]

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