Change in how we vote is up to you

As well as the civic election this fall, there is a province-wide referendum on how we will vote in the next provincial election.

Depending on how old you are, this is your “last chance” or your “once-in-a-lifetime” chance to change the way your vote is counted.

In the current first-past-the-post system, if you didn’t vote for the winner in your riding, your vote is defeated. Yeah. Lots of people don’t bother to vote. Especially younger people have given up on voting or never tried.

Changing to proportional representation will means if your local candidate doesn’t win, your vote will still be counted to help another person represent your party in the legislature.

Each of the three models of proportional representation suggested for B.C. includes that independent candidates and fringe party candidates can win seats.

However, to avoid a proliferation of fringe parties, a party must get at least five per cent of the provincial vote to be assigned additional seats. With close to 17 per cent of the vote, the Greens would have at least 14 seats if we had had proportional representation in 2017.

Distortions caused by gerrymandering, strategic voting, and having the vote fractured by fringe candidates will be much reduced. Voters can vote for the party or candidates they want and the vote is counted towards a winner.

Beginning Oct. 22, registered voters will receive their voting packages in the mail. You can register and pick up a package after Oct. 22 but it’s easier to register ahead.

Register by phone at 1-800-661-8683 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Or go online to the Elections B.C. website at

The website has a simple menu on the left where you can read about the issues for yourself.

Heather Phillips


Just Posted

Vancouver Island pharmacist suspended for giving drugs with human placenta

RCMP had samples of the seized substances tested by Health Canada

Expect traffic delays at Burnside and Douglas this week for new bus lanes

Prep work runs Tuesday through Thursday while paving takes place Friday

Victoria police searching for missing 18-year-old

Austin Bennett-Frechette is known to frequent the Greater Victoria Public Library

Victoria Cool Aid Society looks to beautify city with art

New mural to be unveiled Tuesday meant to inspire hope

Small homeless camp removed at Horth Hill Regional Park in North Saanich

CRD staff say the camp is not connected to Camp Namegans in Goldstream

UrbaCity raises record-breaking $70,000 for Island Prostate Centre

240 racers, corporate sponsors fill the coffers for the cause

Vancouver Island designated as foreign trade zone

Designation simplifies importing and exporting and provides duty relief

Edmonton cannabis company revenues more than triples to $19.1 million

Aurora Cannabis revenues more than triple in fourth quarter

Seattle one step closer to NHL after arena plan approved

Seattle City Council unanimously approved plans for a privately funded $700 million renovation of KeyArena

Harvest Moon to light up B.C. skies with an ‘autumn hue’

It’s the first moon after the autumn equinox

Hockey league gets $1.4M for assistance program after Humboldt Broncos crash

Program will help players, families, coaches and volunteers after the shock of the deadly crash

Canada has removed six out of 900 asylum seekers already facing U.S. deportation

Ottawa had said the ‘overwhelming majority’ had been removed

Most Read