Not into voting for the usual suspects?
A look around the province offers plenty of alternative parties that will gladly take your vote—just don’t call them “fringe.”
VANCOUVER ISLAND PARTY
The flag outside Robin Richardson’s trailer in Nanaimo depicts a pine cone, a beaver, a caduceus (a staff with two snakes on it) and the Union Jack. It’s rarely seen on Vancouver Island, much less elsewhere in B.C., but Richardson, a one-time MP for the Progressive Conservatives in Ontario, believes it should be the flag of a whole new province: an independent Vancouver Island. He founded the party about a year ago, aiming to galvanize support for a separatist Island agenda.
YOUR POLITICAL PARTY OF B.C.
Vancouver electrician James Filippelli grew up glued to the television on every election night, whether it was for the next American president, B.C. premier or Vancouver mayor. He decided to start his own party to add more options to the dominant provincial roster of either the BC Liberals or the NDP. His party promises to boost transparency by making all government documents and communications freely accessible without filing an access request.
B.C. SOCIAL CREDIT PARTY
Carrol Woolsey doesn’t want to run again for the Social Credit Party, but she’ll keep doing it if it keeps the party alive. After seeing the party deregistered in 2013 for failing to field enough candidates, Woolsey is hoping the Socreds can make a comeback by appealing to the political nostalgia of folks old enough to remember when the party won 11 of B.C.’s 31 elections. Meanwhile, she hopes younger voters will be wooed by the Socreds’ possible status as an alternative to the BC Liberals and the NDP with its goals of rejecting the 15 percent foreign homebuyers tax and keeping more schools open.