The Site C Issue: The Tale of Two Voting Systems

By Richard Habgood.

BC’S Site C dam is a very contentious issue. On one side, you have Premier Clark and Energy Minister Bennett, who are determined to build a dam that they say is necessary for future electrical needs and to power an LNG industry. Opponents contend that if BC does need the power, we can get it from less expensive renewable resources and without infringing on First Nations rights or destroying farmland that could feed a million people.

So how does the electoral voting system play into this scenario?

First Past the Post:

The 2013 BC Provincial election, using our first past the post (FPTP ) voting system, saw the Liberals win 44% of the popular vote but in doing so they gained 58% majority of seats in the Legislature. BC’s FPTP voting system awarded the provincial Liberals a “false majority ” government with a minority of votes. And because they gained a slim majority of seats, they have governed as if they have a mandate to do what they want and build Site C. Continue reading

Canada’s Richest Family Likes Our Current Voting System … Because It Works For Them.

Their Newspaper, The Globe and Mail, likes it too.

(Jan 9, 2016):  The Globe and Mail is owned by  Canada’s richest family, the Thomsons. The Globe began its Jan. 6 editorial with what I’d call a lie … “Over the past decade, 3 Canadian provinces – BC, PEI, and Ontario – have held four referendums on scrapping First Past The Post. Each of these propositions went down to defeat.”

Now, that statement is ‘true’, but it’s not ‘really true’. The truth is that in B.C. in 2005, 57% voted to CHANGE to a Proportional Voting system … 57% voted for PR, BUT OUR RULERS WOULDN’T ALLOW IT.

Why not?  The corporations hate PR because Proportional voting systems are more difficult for them to control.  PR systems give people the governments they voted for. That’s why the Thomson’s don’t want PR.  With our First Past the Post system, the corporations and their media can usually get the governments THEY want.
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Corporations and Their Media Demand Referendum on Voting Reform

But how can we have a fair Referendum when The Corporations own The Media- and will lie about everything to get what they want.

(Jan. 1, 2016) Breaking News: Canada’s Corporate Media suddenly care about democracy. And because they love democracy, our corporate TV stations, Radio stations and Newspapers are demanding we have a referendum on any change to our voting system.

This is the same media that never mentioned the word democracy as Stephen Harper attacked us and our nation for years. That’s because Stephen Harper was doing what Big Business wanted and they didn’t want any ‘democracy’ getting in the way.

But now we have something the corporations DON’T want … a chance for a better and more democratic Voting System. So NOW it’s time for democracy and a referendum. Right! Please don’t believe their lies. Corporations hate Democracy; they care only about power and profit. If we are stupid enough to believe them, then nothing will get better. Continue reading