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The Timeline

  • Selection: October 14 – December 22, 2003.  Members were selected at 26 meetings in communities across British Columbia.
  • Learning Phase: January 10 – March 21, 2004. Six weekend meetings were held at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 580 West Hastings Street, Vancouver. Meetings were open to the public.
  • Public Hearings: May 3 – June 24, 2004. Fifty public hearings were held throughout the province. Members were in attendance at each hearing to listen to public views.  Almost 3,000 members of the public attended, and 387 presentations were made.
  • Review: Members met in Prince George June 26-27 to review what they had heard from the public at the 50 hearings.
  • Summer Break: July – August 2004. During this time members had "homework" reading and some 1,600 written submissions from the public to study.
  • Deliberation and Decision Phase: September – November 2004. Six weekend meetings at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 580 West Hastings Street, Vancouver. Members reached their decision on October 24, and recommended a made-in-BC STV electoral system called BC-STV.
  • Report and recommendation: The final report was delivered to the people and government of B.C. on 10 December 2004. The supporting Technical Report was publishded on 20 December 2004.
  • Citizens’ Assembly and office disbanded: December 15-31, 2004
  • Referendum: The proposed new electoral system will be the subject of a referendum in the next provincial election on May 17, 2005

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