Many voters have expressed a desire to have a better voting system for
choosing their government at local, provincial, and federal levels. In
Vancouver, voters have consistently shown interested in moving to a fairer
system of electing their city government. This desire was reflected by
most candidates and parties in the November, 2002, election campaign advocating
changing the voting system in Vancouver away from the current "at large"
system, usually toward a system comprised exclusively of single-member
wards (a system similar to what is used at the provincial and federal
levels) or to a mixed system of proportional representation and wards.
59.43% of Vancouver voters
indicated that they would like to see a change to the method of electing
Media Release Report
The Greater Vancouver Chapter asked Vancouver parties, mayoralty candidates,
and council candidates the following four questions:
- Do you favour keeping the existing system of electing city government in Vancouver, with no
- If you do not favour keeping the current system, what changes would you advocate if elected?
- How important is it to you that Vancouver's voting system should include a degree of
neighbourhood representation, that is that different parts of the city should vote separately for
candidates representing their area?
- How important is it to you that Vancouver's voting system should include a degree of proportional
representation, that is that minority views of Vancouverites should be represented on council in
relation to the number of voters who express them?
The questions were sent by fax and email, where available.
Some candidates responded individually, others submitted a
collective response through their party.
The following responses were received:
Vancouver Municipal Parties (Elector Organizations)
Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE)
Vancouver Green Party
Vancouver Civic ActionTeam (vcaTEAM)
Vancouver Independent Party
Vancouver Mayoralty Candidates
Larry W. Campbell (COPE)
Jennifer Clarke (NPA)
Valerie Maclean (vcaTEAM)
Thomas Reekie (Vancouver Independent Party)
Vancouver Council Candidates
Fred Bass (COPE)
Brent Bazinet (vcaTEAM)
Constantine Bonnis (vcaTEAM)
Nancy A. Chiavario (vcaTEAM)
Art Cowie (vcaTEAM)
Connie Fogal-Rankin (Green Party)
Alan Herbert (vcaTEAM)
Barney Hickey (vcaTEAM)
Don Lee (NPA)
Tim Louis (COPE)
Ryan Millar (Dance Party Party)
Wendy Turner (vcaTEAM)
Doug Warkentin (Green Party)
Duncan Wilson (NPA)