Category Archives: The James Commentary

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Proportional Representation [Electoral Reform] 3 of 6

Electoral Reform 3 of 6

Growing up, one of the questions my parents posed was “So, if everyone was jumping off a bridge, you would jump too?” whenever I tried ‘everyone is doing it’ to justify my action.

‘Just because everyone’ was not an acceptable excuse for not thinking it through myself.

If we are considering a change as far reaching and impactful as a proportional representation electoral system, we had better think it through carefully to avoid surprises and unwanted consequences.

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Proportional Representation [Electoral Reform] 2 of 6

Electoral Reform 2 of 6

The NDP/Green collaboration is trying to sell the claim that changing the electoral process is about improving the electoral system…

….although they have not provided any facts or evidence to support their assertion. Instead, to accomplish this assumed ‘improvement’ they are rushing into changing how we elect politicians and governments with a process mind boggling in its slipshod recklessness.

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Proportional Representation [Electoral Reform] 1 of 6

Electoral Reform 1 of 6

Caveat Emptor

“Let the buyer beware” is an excellent approach for citizens to take when it comes to an issue of the significance of electoral reform, particularly a change to proportional representation, a system of electing a government with which Canadians have no experience.

Despite the apparently cavalier attitude of the NDP/Green collaboration, election reform is a BIG DEAL.

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Fatally Flawed Proportional Representation Proposal

From ignoring, or failing to recognize, that the profound ongoing effects of the proposed change to British Columbia’s method of electing governments and politicians makes the decision on the NDP/Green proposal the most significant decision ever made by voters in BC;

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BZN News: Random Breathalyser Testing

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June 18, 2018

Contemplative Canadians reacted to Canadian Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould’s statement that she was “extremely disappointed” because the Senate opposed legislation granting police the power to conduct random breathalyser tests, with support for the Senate’s “upholding of Canadian values” against the “appalling assault” by Federal Justice Minister Wilson-Raybould.

Wilson-Raybould’s actions were judged as making it clear the testing really needed was electroencephalograms [EEGs] for politicians to confirm – or deny – the presence of brain activity.

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Appendix A

BC Recent Election Results 1996 to 201

2017

Affiliation Total valid votes  % of popular vote Candidates elected
BC Conservative Party 10,421 0.53% 0
BC Green Party 332,331 16.83% 3
BC Liberal Party 797,194 40.37% 43
BC NDP 795,527 40.29% 41
Christian Heritage Party BC 3,398 0.17% 0
Libertarian 7,743 0.39% 0
Independent 20,971 1.06% 1
Other* 7,127 0.36% 0

* Other

BC Action Party
BC Cascadia Party
BC Citizens First Party
BC First
BC Refed
BC Social Credit Party
Communist Party of BC
Land Air Water-The L.A.W.
Republican Party
The Vancouver Island Party
Your Political Party of BC

 

2013

Affiliation Total valid votes  % of popular vote Candidates elected
BC First 1,275 0.07% 0
BC Liberal Party 795,274 44.13% 49
BC NDP 715,855 39.72% 34
Conservatives 85,637 4.75% 0
Green Party of BC 146,685 8.15% 1
Libertarian 2,050 0.11% 0
Independent 42,559 2.36% 1
Other affiliations* 12,814 0.71% 0

*Other

Advocational Party
BC Excalibur Party
BC Marijuana Party
BC Social Credit Party
B.C. Vision
British Columbia Party
Christian Heritage Party of B.C.
Communist Party of BC
Helping Hand Party
The Platinum Party
Unparty: The Consensus-Building Party
Work Less Party
Your Party
No Affiliation

2009

Affiliation Total valid votes  % of popular vote Candidates elected
BC Liberal Party 751,661 45.82% 49
BC NDP 691,564 42.15% 35
Conservatives 34,451 2.10% 0
Green Party of BC 134,616 8.21% 0
Independent 17,253 1.05% 1
Other affiliations* 10,997 0.67% 0

*Other

BC Marijuana Party
BC Refed
BC Reform
Communist Party of BC
Libertarian
N.A.P.
People’s Front
The Sex Party
Western Canada Concept
Work Less Party
YPP-of-BC)
No Affiliation

2005

Affiliation Total valid votes  % of popular vote Candidates elected
BC Conservative Party 9,623 0.55% 0
 BC Liberal Party  807,118  45.80% 46
BC Marijuana Party 11,519 0.65% 0
Democratic Reform BC 14,022 0.80% 0
Green Party of BC 161,842 9.17% 0
NDP of B.C. 731,719 41.52% 33
Independent 16,152 0.92% 0
*Other Affiliations 10,348 0.59% 0

*Other

BC Youth Coalition
The Bloc BC
Libertarian
British Columbia Party
B.C. Patriot Party
Social Credit
BC Unity Party
Communist Party of BC
Emerged Democratic Party of B.C.
The Freedom Party
Moderates
People’s Front
The Platinum Party
Reform BC
The Sex Party
Western Canada Concept
Refed BC
Work Less Party
Your Party
No Affiliation)

2001

Affiliation Total valid votes  % of popular vote Candidates elected
BC Liberal Party 916,888 57.62% 77
BC Marijuana Party 51,206 3.22% 0
Green Party 197,231 12.39% 0
NDP of B.C. 343,156 21.56% 2
Unity Party of BC 51,426 3.23% 0
*Other Affiliations 31,399 1.98% 0

*Other

All Nations Party of British Columbia
B.C. Action Party
British Columbia Citizens Alliance Now
British Columbia Conservative Party
British Columbia Patriot Party
British Columbia Social Credit Party
The Central Party
Citizens Commonwealth Federation
Communist Party of BC
Council of British Columbians
The Freedom Party of British Columbia
Party of Citizens Who Have Decided To Think For
Themselves And Be Their Own Politicians
People’s Front
Reform Party of British Columbia
Western Reform
In de pend ent
No A fil i tion

1996

Affiliation Total valid votes  % of popular vote Candidates elected
BC Liberal Party 661,929 41.82% 33
BC Libertarian Party 2,041 0.13%
BC Social Credit Party 6,276 0.40%
Family Coalition Party of BC 4,150 0.26%
Green Party Political Ass. of BC 31,511 1.99%
Natural Law Party 2,919 0.18%
NDP of BC 624,395 39.45% 39
Progressive Democratic Alliance 90,797 5.74% 1
Reform Party of BC 146,734 9.27% 2
*Other Affiliations 11,952 0.76%

*Other

Common Sense, Community, Family Party;
Communist Party of British Columbia
Progressive Conservative Party of British Columbia;
Western Canada Concept Party of B.C;
Independent;
No Affiliation.