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What exactly is Proportional Representation?

10.16.18 | Campaigns, Proportional Representation |  Arie Ross

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 |  Kai Nagata

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

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

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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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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People, place and power

12.23.15 | News, Organizing |  Kai Nagata

This is a blog post about voting reform, though I’m going to start by talking about Star Wars. Bear with me you must. The enemy in the original Star Wars trilogy is the Galactic Empire, and its signature act of despotism is the destruction of Alderaan, Princess Leia’s home world. Nobody wants to feel like […]

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Which voting system is best?

10.30.15 | Commentary, Elections |  Kai Nagata

When a favourite sports team falls short in the playoffs, fans are quick to find fault with the umpires, the weather, the league – in short, blaming everything the players themselves can’t control. A similar refrain is often heard after elections. “If only the rules were different, my team would be in a different position […]

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