B.C. first to seek voting reform

Fair Vote Canada commends the Government of British Columbia for becoming the first provincial government to announce a specific process and timetable for voting system reform.

Gordon Gibson will develop recommendations on how to establish a citizens' assembly on electoral reform. This assembly will study and recommend alternative ways to elect B.C. MLAs. Gibson's report must be tabled by Dec. 15.

"While the Government of Quebec is engaged in public consultation on a variety of democratic reform issues, and the Government of Prince Edward Island is considering the issue, British Columbia is the first to commit to a specific citizen-driven process and completion date," said Doris Anderson, president of Fair Vote Canada.

Fair Vote Canada's executive director, Larry Gordon, added, "Interest in fair voting is growing so quickly, at both the federal and provincial levels, we are expecting other related developments in the near future."

Fair Vote Canada was launched in April 2000 to press all levels of government to engage citizens in a process to consider proportional voting systems.

The campaign has attracted supporters from all points on the political spectrum. Its national advisory board includes such prominent Canadians as Pierre Burton, Ed Broadbent, Claude Ryan, Karen Kain, Lincoln Alexander, David Suzuki, Maude Barlow, Hugh Segal and Walter Robinson.