Monday, February 2, 2015

Democratic Reform


Dear Saanich South,

When people talk to me about politics one thing I hear repeatedly is a demand for more integrity.

In my opinion one of the very best ways to make that happen is to strengthen the actual rules of democracy.

Here are three simple changes that would move us in the right direction:
  1. Don’t let corporations or unions make donations to political parties. That way we are more likely to get politicians who make decisions based on their own values and the best interests of the people they serve …not what is most advantageous for those with the deepest pockets. 
  2. Protect “whistleblowers”: Governments should not punish civil servants who expose government misdeeds. 
  3. Formalized online petitions. They are an inexpensive and efficient way to demonstrate how much public support there is for a policy change or a potential new law.
The Opposition is also committed to moving forward on the key question of proportional representation. If elected government in 2017 we will give British Columbians the opportunity to consider and then vote on potential reforms to our electoral system.

Furthermore, the Opposition is calling for a fixed parliamentary schedule including a spring and fall session; stronger conflict-of-interest rules for ministerial staff; and closing of loopholes in the lobbyist registry

And that is just to start! I’m proud of the Opposition’s commitment to democratic reform… and very excited about the efforts of my colleague Saanich North and the IslandsMLA Gary Holman on this file. Gary is the Official Opposition Spokesperson for Democratic Reform and he has organized two town halls on the subject.

The first will be held tomorrow, February 3rd, at the Mary Winspear Centre, Activity Room. The second will be held on February 5th at Central Saanich Senior Citizens’ Centre. Both are free and open to the public, running from 6:30pm-8:0pm, and include representatives from Fair Vote Canada and Fair Voting BC.

Please attend and support our efforts to strengthen the democratic process in BC. 

For more information contact MLA Holman at 250 387 3655 or Gary.Holman.MLA@leg.bc.ca

Warm reagrds,

Lana

Lana Popham, MLA Saanich South