12 days into the proportional representation referendum campaign and Elections B.C has named an official ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ side.
Bill Tieleman’s No B.C Proportional Representation Society will campaign for no with half-a-million-dollars to spend.
He says job number one is to dial in a tuned out public.
“I don’t think most people are even aware there is a referendum on electoral systems. I think that is one of the challenges for both sides. But particularly for the other side because they have to try and explain three proportional representation systems. Two of which have never been used anywhere in the world.”
Vote PR B.C will represent the ‘Yes’ side and spokesperson Maria Dobrinskaya says challenging the status quo will be job one.
“The familiarity of the system we know. Even though most British Columbians recognize the flaws of our system it is the uncertainty about the alternative that is I think our biggest challenge.”
The mail in ballot will be held this October and November.