BC Liberals Don't Want You To Have Democracy.

Neither does any other party for that matter. Nor does big money interests.

From the Province newspaper. A newspaper that appears to be balancing their reporting, finally

[snip snip snip}. The campaign¹s most recent ad has a blazing red banner that reads: "Recall rules, responsibilities and your rights." The ad warns the pubic that the sole purpose of signing the petition is to trigger an expensive $1.2 million by-election; that it's not a petition against the HST; that it is an offence to intimate or force you to sign; that canvassers cannot mislead you about the purpose of the recall; and that there are stiff penalties for contravening the Recall and Initiatives Act — including voters who sign the petition seeking her removal more than once.
Like earlier ads supporting Chong, the new ads have a threatening tone and appearance, Ruff said.
"Unless you read through them carefully you would think it's an official Elections B.C. ad," Ruff said. He described the recent ad and an earlier one, which suggested personal information given to recall canvassers could be misused, as intimidating.

Lets have a look at what Elections BC says:

Recall is a process that allows registered voters to petition for the removal of a Member of the Legislative Assembly between elections.
Any registered voter can apply to have a petition issued for the recall of their MLA (the elected Member representing their electoral district in the Legislative Assembly). A registered voter who wants to start a recall petition must obtain an application form from the Chief Electoral Officer. The completed application form must be submitted to the Chief Electoral Officer with a non-refundable processing fee of $50 and include a statement of 200 words or less of why, in the opinion of the applicant, the Member should be recalled. A Member cannot be recalled during the first 18 months after their election.
If the application is complete and meets the requirements of the Recall and Initiative Act, a petition is issued to the applicant (called a “proponent”) within seven days. The proponent then has 60 days to collect signatures from more than 40% of the voters who were registered to vote in the Member’s electoral district in the last election, and who are currently registered as voters in B.C. The proponent may be helped by volunteers when canvassing for signatures.
When all the signed petition sheets are submitted, the Chief Electoral Officer has 42 days to verify that enough eligible individuals have signed the petition. If enough valid signatures are on the petition, and the financing rules have been met by the proponent, the Member ceases to hold office and a by-election must be called within 90 days. A recalled Member can run as a candidate in the by-election.
I don't see anything in the above that states that the Recall Act is done for the sole purpose of causing a $1.2 million  by-election. Do you?

As for Giving Personal Information and having it misused.
Every political Party and Every riding association has access to the same voters list that would be issued to a recall Proponent. At the same time the MLA is issued the same list.

So I'm asking here why would the MLA's supporters tell you that the information you give on the signature sheet, which is the same information that is on the voters list, is a dangerous thing? Could it be that they are covering something up like ...say...they are misusing that information?
Given the record of lies and spins by the Liberals in the last 10 years would you trust them with the same information. 

Duties of canvassers

7 (1)  A canvasser must comply with the following when canvassing for signatures on a petition:
(a) the canvasser must carry the identification issued by the chief electoral officer and, if requested to do so, must produce it;
(b) the canvasser must not knowingly make any false or misleading statements about the petition or the initiative that is the subject of the petition;
(c) the canvasser must not remove, cross out or interfere with a signature on a petition;
(d) the canvasser must not use information obtained in canvassing for signatures for a purpose other than a purpose contemplated by the Act or the regulations under the Act.
(2)  A canvasser may divide or group petition sheets for an electoral district to facilitate the collection of signatures if a copy of the cover sheet issued by the chief electoral officer accompanies the petition sheets during signature collection.
(3)  The canvasser must ensure that persons who sign the petition
(a) sign in ink on the preprinted side of the signature sheets, and
(b) sign only once.

I will be posting more on this matter just to keep the record straight. I've had enough of the lies. If you feel the same by all means pass this along to your friends or just link them to this blog. I will be happy to answer your questions. After I have researched the answers of course. Gary E

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I saw this on the BBC website - maybe the Chong faction should take heed. Admittedly the stakes (money amounts) much higher, but the message is there.

Don't screw the public purse or you could go to jail - at least in the UK.


Thought it would be good to let others see.