Archives for December 5, 2018
Oliver Lions support the Knights of Columbus Christmas Food Hamper program. For the past decade, the Oliver Lions have chosen to bring food items to their Christmas party rather than to exchange gifts. At their Christmas party, the collected food and funds are donated to the Knights. The company is great, the food is wonderful and the spirit is in the air.
Many thanks to Stacey, Linda, Joanne and the crew.
The Lions Club received a certificate of Merit for their spring ‘Dog Walk’ to support the Lions specially trained support dog program.
Photo and story submitted by Dale Dodge – who is in the shot.
Who did take the picture?
What happens if First Past the Post is the preferred system?
The voting system will stay the same.
What happens if a proportional representation voting system is the preferred system?
If the majority of votes support proportional representation on Question 1, the voting system with the most support on Question 2 will be adopted.
If a proportional representation voting system is adopted, government has said that after the referendum:
- a legislative committee will determine how some aspects of the new system will work
- an independent electoral boundaries commission will determine the number and boundaries of the electoral districts and regions represented in the legislature
- the total number of MLAs in the legislature will be between 87 and 95 (currently there are 87)
- no region in the province will have fewer MLAs than it does now
- another referendum will be held after two general elections to see if B.C. wants to keep the new voting system or go back to using First Past the Post
a. about 2 out of 5 eligible voters took the time to mail in a ballot
b. it appeared to be shenanigan – a major change in a tradition held sacred for hundreds of years. Not fully discussed, Not fully understood. Divisive with major chunks of the NDP leadership not in favour.
Tree huggers laughing under a branch with three MLA’s controlling the province. Sad day.
Folly if PR is chosen……. but a decision we will HAVE to live with.
Hopefully a general election soon to decide what type of governance is desired – a coalition or a strong decisive government.
If you were in the Provincial Government when do you wonder if your priority is the public’s priority?
I say this because the powers that be engaged in a hype beyond reason to promote the new voting procedure known as proportional representation. This was a mail in ballot which cost millions and very few returned them. Instead of exploring where to go from there it was decided to extend the deadline to December seventh.
I think the date is interesting in that December 7th is officially known as “The Day Of Infamy” as quoted by Franklin Roosevelt when speaking about the attack on Pearl Harbor, but I digress.
There are implications, serious implications that go with this decision. And certain rules dictated by ethics if nothing else in my opinion.
There is a problem when the public does not respond with urgency to a mail in ballot. First why is there so little response?
Do BC Residents not like mail in ballots? Or, is the voting system not important to the citizens? Was the deadline extended because there is a danger of the initiative failing?
I think there is one other issue that comes to mind. The pro PR side made such a fuss saying electoral decisions needed to be inclusive and fifty percent of voters was the magic number for a fair outcome. If that is the standard then fifty percent or more of the ballots need to be returned in order to have a fair decision on the referendum. If less than fifty percent of the ballots are returned it should be an automatic fail and we all move on.
This was an expensive exercise to convince us there had to be some other way to count ballots when the original first past the post has worked for years. This whole thing could backfire like eggs in a microwave, because some want an easy road for their ideas that they can’t convert into votes. The other implication is this – will Andrew Weaver now bring down the government because his dream of a voice from the back door failed?