EVENT: Panel Discussion on the Future of Electoral Reform in British Columbia

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VICTORIA, BC — Democratic reform is still alive in BC! On Saturday, April 30th, the Greater Victoria chapter of Fair Vote Canada and the University of Victoria’s history department will be hosting a panel discussion on the future of electoral reform in British Columbia. Panelists include Bob Simpson, the independent MLA for Cariboo-North; Jane Sterk, leader of the BC Green Party; and political scientist Dennis Pilon.

Christy Clark endorsed proportional representation during the 2009 election campaign, and her premiership may change the outlook for electoral reform in BC. She could find support on the other side of the aisle: the NDP platform includes a commitment to electoral reform. New Democrats Mike Farnworth, John Horgan, and Nicholas Simons endorsed proportional representation during their recent leadership bids.

There are numerous avenues for democratic renewal, which the panelists will be discussing on Saturday. Bob Simpson has been an outspoken advocate of reforming the ineffectual committee system, and Jane Sterk’s Green
Party supports proportional representation. Dennis Pilon, author of The Politics of Voting, offers a realistic take on the prospects for reform. All three recognize that there are both opportunities and roadblocks to
change.

This free panel discussion, which will include a question and answer session, will run from 1:30 to 3:30 on Saturday, April 30th, in room A110 of the Social Sciences and Mathematics building at UVic.

Contact: Wendy Bergerud 250-384-0666; 250-886-1974

Fair Vote Canada, Greater Victoria Chapter

www.fairvote.ca

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