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TIABC and ABLE BC hosted a FREE webinar on Tuesday October 9, 2018

Click here to download the webinar and slides: ablebc.ca/product/free-webinar-download-proportional-representation-vote-matters

Proportional Representation:
What Is It and Why Your Vote Matters
From October 22 to November 30 a referendum is being held to decide what voting system we should use for provincial elections.
Voters will be asked two questions on the referendum ballot.
  • The first question asks if we should keep the current First Past the Post voting system or move to a system of proportional representation.
  • The second question asks voters to rank three proportional systems: Dual Member Proportional (DMP), Mixed Member Proportional (MMP), and Rural-Urban Proportional (RUP).
  • The referendum will decide if British Columbia keeps the current First Past the Post voting system or adopts a proportional representation voting system.
If more than half the votes support First Past the Post on the first question, the voting system will stay the same. If more than half the votes support proportional representation on the first question, the proportional system with the most support on the second question will be adopted.
If a proportional voting system is adopted it must be in place for provincial elections called on or after July 1, 2021. A provincial election called before this date would use First Past the Post.
Maria Dobrinskaya – Broadbent Institute
Bill Tieleman – WestStar Communications

Maria Dobrinskaya is the BC Director at the Broadbent Institute, an independent national organization that champions change through the promotion of democracy, equality, and sustainability, and the training of a new generation of leaders.

A creative political strategist and effective communicator, Maria is focused on expanding and strengthening the ability of all people to be involved in the decision-making that impacts their lives. Maria has over fifteen years of political experience; she’s worked in government, she’s run a governing political party, and she’s been involved in numerous campaigns at the local, provincial, and federal levels, in both electoral and issue-based politics.

As spokesperson for the Vote PR BC campaign – the official proponent group in this fall’s referendum on electoral reform – Maria is excited to speak to British Columbians about the opportunity we have to introduce a more fair way of voting that puts people first.

Maria is a regular media commentator on both municipal and provincial politics. Before working in politics and government, Maria spent over a decade in Vancouver’s restaurant and hospitality sector.


Bill Tieleman is one of BC’s best-known political strategists and campaigners; running his strategy and communications consulting firm – West Star Communications – since 1998.

And now Bill is leading the campaign against Proportional Representation in this fall’s referendum as President of the No BC Proportional Representation Society – chosen the official opponent group by Elections BC.

Bill was previously Communications Director to then-BC Premier Glen Clark in his upset 1996 election victory and also BC Federation of Labour Communications Director and Assistant to then-President Ken Georgetti.

For over 12 years Bill Tieleman wrote a politics column Tuesdays in 24 Hours Vancouver newspaper and also in The Tyeonline magazine; he does regular political commentary for CBC Radio’s On The Coast and CBC Televisionand other media.


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