Gordon Campbell is getting nervous. While a majority of the electorate approved electroral reform in BC last time – there was not the Campbell stipulated 60% majority. Just in case anyone wants to talk about this in public, for example political parties who might benefit from a fairer system, he has made that illegal.
Section 29(4) of the Electoral Reform Referendum 2009 Act makes it illegal for political parties to “advertise” their position on STV and the broader subject of electoral reform in general. Elections BC interprets that anything that costs money (eg: website, platform document, handbills, other printed materials, buttons, clothing, stickers, etc..) counts as “advertising”, so therefore this Act makes it illegal for political parties to spend any money on anything with any reference to BC-STV or any other reforms to our electoral system.
Infractions are punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 and up to a year in jail. This is an issue of freedom of speech: British Columbians deserve open, informed debate about the BC-STV decision and other important democratic reforms. The Gordon Campbell government is trying to make it impossible for grass-roots political party candidates to participate in the STV debate and voice other criticisms of our democratic institutions. Sign the petition to voice your view!