File photo

Proportional representation info session set for Nov. 1 in Quesnel

Two speakers will provide the basics, as well as why they think you should vote for PR

With postal ballots for British Columbia’s electoral reform referendum being received by people across B.C., many are beginning to research and debate the differences between the current and proposed system.

Voters will be asked two questions: first, what electoral system should be used to determine election results – the existing first-past-the-post (FPTP) system or a proportional representation (PR) system; and second, what type of proportional voting system should be used if PR is chosen.

In the second question, voters will be asked to rank three proportional representation voting systems: dual-member proportional representation, mixed-member proportional representation, and rural–urban proportional representation.

It’s safe to say that unless you are sure you want to support FPTP, many people will be a little confused by the options.

That’s why two speakers will be in Quesnel Nov. 1.

Jay Sanders is the spokesperson for Fair Vote Prince George, and Peter Ewart is the spokesperson for Stand Up for the North Committee.

Both will present to attendees of a proportional representation information session, which will be held at the Quesnel & District Arts and Recreation Centre in the lounge room, beginning at 6:30 p.m. this Thursday.

Sanders and Ewart are both pro PR, and Ewart says basic information will be presented, as well as the two speakers explaining why they believe people should vote for PR.

“In our opinion, [PR] will benefit rural areas in terms of making sure we always have a mix of both government and opposition MLAs, and that we will have a choice to vote for local MLAs as well as regional MLAs, rather than one party monopoly,” comments Ewart.

The pair have already presented similar sessions in Prince George, Mackenzie and Williams Lake. Ewart says everyone is welcome to attend the event on Nov. 1.

Referendum ballots should be received in the mail between Oct. 20 and Nov. 2. Elections BC must receive ballots back by 4:30 p.m. on Friday Nov. 30.

READ MORE: Voting set to start in B.C. proportional representation referendum



editor@quesnelobserver.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Quesnel’s Rink 2 holds the city’s first official pickleball clinic

Instructor Brooke Siver has been involved with the growing sport for six years

Quesnel Rotary Signboard undergoes transformation

The signboard was used to post signs for community events for 14 years before the change

Ranch Musings: Bruce Mack, a citizen/leader to be thankful for

David Zirnhelt celebrates the life of his friend, Bruce Mack

Quesnel gymnasts vault to provincial podium standing

Young athletes landed four medals at meets with the best in the province

Country and bluegrass festival returns to Quesnel next week

Seventeen bands will perform in the 22nd annual festival, from April 25-28

‘No answers:’ Canadians react to Sri Lanka bombings that killed hundreds

The co-ordinated bomb attacks killed at least 207 people and injured 450 more on Easter Sunday

RCMP confirm witnesses say body found at Kelowna’s Gyro Beach

Police tape is blocking part of the beach and several RCMP officers are on scene.

B.C. fire department rescues kittens

Enderby homeowner not aware kittens in wood pile near garbage pile fire that got out of hand

QUIZ: How much do you know about Easter?

Take this short quiz and put your knowledge to the test

B.C. VIEWS: NDP’s lawyer show is turning into a horror movie

Court actions pile up over pipelines, car insurance, care aides

Global Affairs warns Canadians in Sri Lanka there could be more attacks

A series of bomb blasts killed at least 207 people and injured hundreds more

Waste not: Kootenay brewery leftovers feed the local food chain

Spent grains from the Trail Beer Refinery are donated to local farmers and growers, none go to waste

Deck collapses in Langley during celebration, 35 people injured

Emergency responders rushed to the Langley home

Most Read