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Submission MACANULTY-1609 (Online)

Submission By Iain Macanulty
AddressBurnaby, BC, Canada
CategoryCitizens' Assembly process
I have been impressed by the way the Citizens' Assembly has been run and by the dedicated effort that the members have put in. I don't know what to make of some recent lobbying, but it certainly complicates the process. [2 pages]

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Overall I have been very impressed by the way the Citizens' Assembly has been run and by the dedicated effort that the members have put in. I've made one previous submission to the web site and also made a presentation at the public meeting in Burnaby, so I have certainly taken advantage of the opportunity to make my voice heard. I've also watched several of the Assembly discussions on TV and read many of the submissions to the Assembly with interest.

As far as I can tell there has been little or no political interference in the process and the ruling BC Liberals should be commended not only for initiating the process but also for letting it run its course.

The only thing that I've thought was a negative is the lobbying by the Free your vote group that has gone on. I hope all the assembly members have visited their web site and read their encouragement to make submissions to the assembly (see below). I don't know what to make of this exactly, but it certainly complicates the process and is something to keep in mind while making the final decisions about what the next step should be.

Thanks again to all the Assembly members for the dedicated and hard work you have done over the past year. All the citizens of BC owe you a debt of gratitude.

Excerpt from freeyourvote web page at:


The BC Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform (CA) has entered a very critical phase -- the public input phase. They are holding 49 public input sessions across the Province in May and June of this year, starting in Vancouver on May 3.


I am asking you to do three things.

1) Please make a brief submission ON LINE to the CITIZENS ASSEMBLY right now. It doesn't have to be long and complicated. A short statement that you prefer a Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) system like the one they have adopted in New Zealand over other options (especially STV - Single Transferable Vote - which has some strong advocates but is complicated, far less proportional and highly adversarial) will make a big difference.

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