Province invites comment on electoral change referendum

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North Shore News – Nov 29, 2017 –  Attorney General David Eby says he wants to hear from average voters before coming up with what a potentially game-changing referendum on electoral reform will look like when it goes before voters next year.

“There’s no more fundamental question for democracy than how the will of the people is translated into the legislature,” said Eby in announcing public consultation over the question last week.

North Vancouver-Lonsdale NDP MLA Bowinn Ma said she likes the idea of going to the public about proportional representation.

“B.C. has historically always had majority governments,” she said. “Majority governments mean that governments are able to – for lack of a better word – ram through legislation without a lot of collaboration with the opposition parties or without taking into account opposing perspectives.”

“I am in favour of a more democratically behaving legislative assembly,” she said. “I’m very optimistic about what proportional representation can mean for this province, especially having been able to see the cooperation that has been able to occur between the NDP and the Greens.”

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