CON­VER­SA­TIONS THAT MAT­TER

Vancouver Sun - - CITY -

For the third time in 15 years, Bri­tish Columbians are vot­ing in a ref­er­en­dum to change the way the peo­ple of the prov­ince elect a gov­ern­ment.

In 2005, the sin­gle trans­fer­able vote (or STV) was put to the peo­ple in a ref­er­en­dum.

It re­quired a su­per-ma­jor­ity that in­cluded ap­proval of 60 per cent of the vot­ers over­all and sim­ple ma­jori­ties in 60 per cent of the 79 dis­tricts in or­der to pass.

It fell short by an ex­tremely slim mar­gin.

Four years later, STV was soundly de­feated. The cur­rent gov­ern­ment says it’s time to re­visit pro­por­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tion.

It is pro­vid­ing vot­ers with four op­tions, with a 50 per cent plus 1 thresh­old to pass.

The first op­tion is to keep the cur­rent sys­tem. Vot­ers are also asked to rank three pro-rep op­tions.

Bill Tiele­man of the No B.C. Pro­por­tional Rep­re­sen­ta­tion So­ci­ety is adamant that the ref­er­en­dum pro­posal is a bad idea. He cam­paigned against it in 2005, in 2009, and he’s again warn­ing vot­ers against pro­por­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tion.

We in­vited Tiele­man to join us for a Con­ver­sa­tion That Mat­ters about the case for No when it comes to pro­por­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tion.

You can see the video at van­cou­ver­sun.com/tag/con­ver­sa­tions-that-mat­ter. Si­mon Fraser Univer­sity’s Cen­tre for Di­a­logue presents Con­ver­sa­tions That Mat­ter. Join vet­eran Broad­caster Stu­art McNish each week for an im­por­tant and en­gag­ing Con­ver­sa­tion about the is­sues shap­ing our fu­ture. Please be­come a Pa­treon sub­scriber and sup­port the pro­duc­tion of this pro­gram, with a $1 pledge at goo.gl/ypXyDs.

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