If you want to be eligible vote in the provincial Liberal leadership race, you have until tomorrow to become a member of the party. But its contestants aren't the only ones encouraging British Columbians to sign-up before that deadline. The environmental group Organizing for Change sent an email yesterday encouraging "environmentally-minded British Columbians to make their voices heard" in that race - specifically targeting those who "live in a provincial riding with very few Liberal Party members, probably less than 400." The reason: "If the BC Liberals change their voting rules as expected, a vote for leader in your riding will likely carry at least 5 times more weight than one in a riding with 2000 members. Enough people are receiving this email to carry the vote in most of your ridings."
Organizing for Change is a coalition of ten environmental groups. But only five of them are "participating in this special B.C. leadership message" - the Dogwood Initiative, Ecojustice, the Georgia Strait Alliance, West Coast Environmental Law and Wildsight. The following is a complete copy of the text of that aforementioned email, which was obtained by Public Eye.
From: "Lisa Matthaus - Organizing for Change"
Subject: You live in a riding that could determine the next Premier of BC
If you received this message, you live in a provincial riding with very few Liberal Party members, probably less than 400.
If the BC Liberals change their voting rules, as expected, a vote for leader in your riding will likely carry at least 5 times more weight than one in a riding with 2000 members. Enough people are receiving this email to carry the vote in most of your ridings.
If you want a Premier who is going to feel compelled to respond to environmental issues, now is the time to get involved.
But you have to act quickly. The cut-off date for people to join the BC Liberal Party and be eligible to vote for leader - who will immediately be the new Premier - is February 4th, this Friday. [Note: the cut-off date for the BC NDP leadership vote is now past.]
Conservation Voters of BC has all of the information you need to make sure you are part of this crucial decision. Keep in mind that taking action on this unprecedented opportunity now does not determine the vote you will cast in the next provincial election, which isn't scheduled to happen until 2013. Party memberships can be cancelled at any time. But it will likely determine who is running for Premier.
Organizing for Change has been encouraging environmentally-minded British Columbians to make their voices heard in both current leadership races. We will also be publishing responses from all leadership candidates - Liberals and NDP - to a series of environmental questions that have been sent to them.
Make the environment a determining issue for BC's new political leaders!
This alert is part of a series of action alerts from members of Organizing for Change, an effort of BC's leading conservation groups working to protect the health of the people, land, air, water and wildlife of British Columbia. Together we identify environmental priorities that we present to government as opportunities for them to demonstrate their environmental leadership. We are partnering with Conservation Voters of BC on this e-alert; CVBC is a separate, volunteer-run organization that works to elect environmental champions in BC.
Organizing for Change members participating in this special B.C. leadership message:
Georgia Strait Alliance
West Coast Environmental Law
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