So sorry?

Earlier, we exclusively reported electoral systems expert David Huntley has sent Fair Voting British Columbia executive members a petition demanding they apologize and resign. This, after British Columbians voted overwhelming on May 12 against the single-transferable vote system. But it looks the executive isn't going to be giving in to his demands. In an interview with Public Eye, Fair Voting British Columbia president Arjun Singh told Public Eye, "We haven't talked about it as an executive or as a board. But my personal feeling is the AGM will be coming up (in the fall) and if people want to run for the board or express different points of view, that's the appropriate time to do so."

"I think we ran a campaign that was ultimately unsuccessful," he continued. Be we all worked very hard. We were all very sincere in trying to win. So that's where I'm at."

And what about Prof. Huntley's specific allegation the executive ignored "clear professional advice" which would have given former citizens' assembly on electoral reform members a leading role on the yes side? "During the campaign we had lots of different opinions out there to work from. They all weren't the same," Mr. Singh responded. "But we certainly respect very, very much the assembly's work. And we think that was a great process."


I respect Prof. Huntley's right to his opinion, but disagree with his position. Although I, too, had hoped to hear more voices speaking up from the Citizens' Assembly, I saw absolutely nothing in the frequent emails from Fair Voting BC, that would have precluded the CA from speaking up and being heard. Where the system DID fall down, is that the CA was not provided with a budget sufficient enough to print and disseminate a booklet to explain the STV system right out of the starting gste. But then, of course, that would have taken an unbiased government with a sincere interest in seeing that democracy was not only done, but seen to be done.

And, talking of democracy - and some justice for a change - How about that? Susan Heyes was awarded $600,000 plus costs for the devastation Canada Line wrought upon her business and her personal life. Congratulations to her and to her lawyer, Cameron Ward. They stuck to it through thick and thin; they took the high-road and, with or without an appeal they prevailed, not just on the financials but on the moral front to boot. Congrats, also to Cameron Ward for the Human Rights award he just received (details to follow) Way to go! David and Goliath all over again.

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