“What’s Next for Electoral Reform in Vancouver?” by Independent Election Task Force (7 pm, June 6, VPL)

VPL Vancouver Public Library[Epilogue: About 40 people attended this meeting, organized voluntarily by members of the now-disbanded Task Force. Members presented each of the five top recommendations from the Task Force Report, and for each recommendation an invitee responded. The next municipal elections in BC are October 20, 2018. If any changes are to happen to legislation (e.g., to ban corporate and union donations and put a cap on dollar amounts) it should ideally be enacted well before election year. The City of Vancouver staff response to the Task Force recommendations is apparently expected during a regular City Council meeting on June 27, 2017. Good public turnout to that meeting starting 9:30 am would be a good thing.]

Vancouver Public Library, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street
Tue, 6 June 2017, 7 to 9 pm
Free, but registration requested:

Electoral reform has been dominating provincial headlines over the past few weeks. But reform is on the agenda in Vancouver, too. In 2016, the City of Vancouver convened an Independent Election Task Force, comprised of members of the public, to explore electoral reforms the City could undertake. The Task Force completed its report in January 2017, and City staff are expected to report back by the end of June. Come join members of the Task Force and other engaged residents to discuss reforms at the city level!

Task Force members will share and discuss their recommendations in four key areas:

  • Campaign finance reform
  • Proportional representation
  • Extending voting rights to permanent residents
  • Voter engagement

Representatives of local community organizations will also be invited to respond to the Task Force’s recommendations and deepen our conversations. Then, we’ll open the floor to your input. Which issues matter most to you? What next steps would you like to see on these issues? Let’s start a discussion about making our elections easier and better for everyone.
Read the Task Force’s full report here (there’s an executive summary!): http://council.vancouver.ca/20170124/documents/rr3AppendixA.pdf

Selected (by CityHallWatch) reading …

Shorten, not lengthen, the time between elections: Municipal lawyer Jonathan Baker to Province on electoral reform (January 29, 2014)

Stinky business on Vancouver’s election finance reforms. “Independent” election committee proposal in Council Jan 20 (Wed): A saga of delays. (January 20, 2016):

Green Party Director commentary on Local Election Campaign Finance Limits
Posted on December 21, 2015):

Election follow-up: Council adopts 2nd motion on “Review of the 2014 City of Vancouver Civic Election” (Feb 3, 2015):

CityHallWatch asks Minister to prohibit destruction of 2014 Vancouver election ballots: Evidence still needed to verify/explain irregularities (January 14, 2015)

Ballot destruction: Compare 2015 federal election vs Vancouver civic 2014 — 10 years secure storage vs destruction in 2 months (October 23, 2015)

No progress, no word on Vancouver City staff work to review 2014 civic election
(April 16, 2015)

Mayor & Councillor could be ejected from office for conflict of interest: B.C. Supreme Court Hearing Tues, March 31 – Issues include “integrity of the electoral process”
(March 30, 2015)

A look at what happened in 2014 civic election, now that we know campaign spending…
Posted on February 23, 2015):

2014 election followup: Irregularities swept under carpet. Transcript of City Council meeting (Dec 16), Vancouver (January 8, 2015):


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