The "Learning Phase" was divided into six weekends of study,
plus homework reading. The themes of this first weekend
were Politics in BC — What do we
want? and Criteria for evaluating electoral systems.
The weekends were organised into three
sessions: Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon and Sunday
morning. Handouts provided to members and presentations
for the first weekend can be downloaded
Session 2: Politics in BC
Session 3: Assessing Electoral
This was the agenda for the first weekend, January
INTRODUCTION TO THE CITIZENS' ASSEMBLY
Saturday January 10
Morning: The Citizens'
Assembly — getting started
Afternoon: Politics in
BC — What do we want?
Current practices vs. alternative
Adversarial and party disciplined OR coalition style
Government dominated legislature OR greater parliamentary
Locally based OR interest (or party) structured
Irregular OR tightly tied vote-seat linkages
Either-or vote OR greater voter choice
What aspects of BC politics do you think work well?
Are there practices that don’t meet
Is party discipline good or bad for BC politics?
Is there one thing about BC politics you would most like to
Sunday January 11
Morning: Criteria for evaluating electoral
systems — System and voters
Stable / effective parliament and government
Parliamentary scrutiny of government
Fair representation for all parties, groups
Democratic political parties
Illustration of trade-offs different systems provide
Which criteria are more important – for you as a
voter, for BC?
How are criteria to be balanced?
Questions, and discussion of presentation