Welcome to 2018 BC Referendum on Electoral Reform Guide
This is a non-partisan guide created by Okanagan College Library and Political Science Department for anyone interested in learning more about the proposed BC-wide electoral reform in 2018. Okanagan College has no opinion on the issue of electoral reform or the government’s referendum, and this guide is intended for educational and information purposes only.
The BC Government has launched the website "How We Vote" to provide information on the referendum and electoral reform and to "invite British Columbian to provide input to help shape the fall 2018 referendum on electoral reform." The online questionnaire was closed on February 28, and a report with 18 recommendations to Cabinet for the referendum was released on May 30th, 2018. You can read the report on their website or directly here.
Quick Facts about the Referendum
The NDP government has introduced legislation to hold a province wide referendum in 2018 on electoral reform.
What: The referendum will ask the voters to decide if they want to change the current electoral system from the 'first-past-the-post' voting system to a form of proportional representation.
How: Voters will submit their referendum ballot by mail. Approval for a change will need to pass the 50% threshold.
When: Under the terms of the NDP-Green agreement, the referendum on proportional representation would take place when municipal elections are held in the fall of the 2018.
Okanagan College hosted the annual World Community Film Festival at our Kelowna Campus earlier this month, and Fair Vote Canada had a table at the festival to disseminate information about the upcoming BC referendum on electoral reform and advocate their cause. Here are some images from the event.
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