A local MLA feels the deck is stacked for an upcoming referendum on electoral reform in BC.
Kootenay East’s Tom Shypitka says implementing electoral was a key platform for the Greens and New Democrats in last year’s provincial election campaigns.
He feels the vote has been set up to eliminate the current first past the post system with proportional representation.
“When campaigning (BC Premier John Horgan) said there would be a simple “yes” or “no” vote. Do you wish to have first past the post or do you wish to have proportional representation? That’s not what it’s going to be now, there’s going to be multiple questions.”
Residents will be asked if they prefer different models of proportional representation like dual or mixed member proportional or rural-urban proportional.
Shypitka adds an all-party committee was supposed to be established to discuss the issue but that hasn’t happened.
“He also said there would be a commitment to regional representation, meaning that at least half the ridings would have to agree to this. He’s taken that off the table as well.”
The mail-in ballot vote happens this fall.
– Tom Shypitka, Kootenay East MLA