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Responding to Prime Minister’s reversal on proportional representation

Andrew Weaver responds to Prime Minister’s reversal on proportional representation
For immediate release
February 1st, 2017

VICTORIA B.C. – The B.C. Green Party holds proportional representation as a foundational aspect of their platform and is committed to implementing the system in British Columbia.

“We support proportional representation because it is a fairer voting system, which encourages democratic participation and accurately reflects voters’ choices in the make-up of government,” said Andrew Weaver, MLA for Oak Bay – Gordon Head.”

“I am profoundly disappointed with Prime Minister Trudeau’s betrayal of his election promise. This is a matter of trust. People put their trust in elected officials and the Prime Minister has greatly damaged that confidence.”

“As an MLA and Leader of the B.C. Green Party, I am working to prove that politicians can and should be held accountable to their commitments. I hope to demonstrate that elected officials can serve the public with evidence-based policies and honesty and still be successful. And, as a party, we are evidence that parties can ban corporate and union donations and still be effective.

“The B.C. Green Party is seeking a mandate to govern from British Columbians, and the only way to do this is to earn their trust, through showing that we stay true to our principles and will deliver on our commitments.”

“The B.C. Green Party is committed to implementing proportional representation in British Columbia, and as we near the 2017 election, look for the imminent release of our plan.

“British Columbians expect better than what they are currently getting from their elected officials, and we promise to deliver better.”

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Media contact
Mat Wright, Press Secretary
+1 250-216-3382 | mat.wright@leg.bc.ca


  1. Richard Habgood-
    February 5, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    The present ‘first past the post’ system is not a friend of the Greens. In Australia, using an AV voting system, just slightly better than FPTP, sometimes worse, it took over 1,100,000 votes to elect one ( 1 ) Green party member. Great Britain, using FPTP, it took even more votes to elect one ( 1 ) Green.

    If the Greens are to be a force in BC and Canada the voting system MUST be changed. It’s as simple and complicated as that.

    BC and Canada is heading for Corporate rule. This must be reversed. The BC Greens and the BC NDP must work together on this one issue.

    If we continue course then the FAR RIGHT WING wins. They won’t even need someone like Trump. All they need is our dismal voting system..

  2. Marietta Domokos-
    February 2, 2017 at 5:25 am

    We need to change the voting system to be more representational per population.