Prince George, BC – May 30, 2018 – The Prince George Chamber is concerned that the Province has not provided the public, including the business community, enough clarity and educational resources to make an informed decision in the upcoming referendum on Proportional Representation. Attorney General – David Eby – this morning released the proposed questions for the Proportional Representation referendum, scheduled to take place by mail-in ballot from October 22, 2018 – November 30, 2018.
During the 2018 BC Chamber AGM in Kamloops, BC, BC Chambers, including the Prince George Chamber of Commerce, voted in favour of the following resolution:
Engaging Business and Community on Electoral Reform
This policy resolution carried the following recommendations for the Government of BC:
- Appoint a non-partisan panel on the likely outcomes of an alternative system prior to issuing a referendum, comparable to the previous Citizens’ Assembly, examining the implications of the proportional representation being considered, particularly, its implications on rural/urban divide, measure to avoid corruption and promote greater loyalty to parties rather than the region the MLA represents;
- Clearly define the system of proportional representation that is being considered, well in advance of any referendum;
- Confirm that no changes will be implemented unless there is a clear majority overall and the referendum is supported in each riding; and
- That the referendum on proportional representation be delayed until such time as a substantial educational campaign has been enacted and all constituents in the Province of BC are adequately knowledgeable as to the impacts of proportional representation system.
“We have seen and heard clearly through the BC Chamber network that the approach taken by the Government of BC through this process has limited the information available to constituents, making an informed decision challenging,” said Todd Corrigall, CEO, Prince George Chamber of Commerce. “This morning’s announcement by the Attorney General further reinforces the need for greater engagement and education with respect to proportional representation as the proposed questions lack clarity. Further, the Government has not provided any indication on how ballots will be counted.”
The Prince George Chamber of Commerce is calling on the Government of BC to slow the process down, and implement the suggestions proposed by the BC Chamber.
Todd Corrigall, CEO, Prince George Chamber of Commerce
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