Proponent - NO to the Single Transferable Vote - May 2009
RELEASE Friday April 17, 2009
STV says Single Transferable Vote won't help women be elected
as MLAs in BC; two prominent women say vote against STV
in May 12 referendum
- The Single Transferable Vote would hurt the chances of
women being elected in British Columbia as Members of the
Legislative Assembly if it were passed in the May 12 referendum,
says NO STV, the group opposing STV.
city councilor Andrea Reimer and former provincial NDP cabinet
minister Anne Edwards say that decades of experience in
the two countries which use STV as their national electoral
system demonstrate the failings of STV for women.
Ireland's 2007 STV election just 13.3% of those elected
to the Dail, their parliament, were women - and that was
an all-time high," said Reimer, a Vision Vancouver
councilor and former Green Party Vancouver School Board
trustee. "And in Malta under STV just 9.2% of elected
were women in 2003 - these are very poor results."
an NDP cabinet minister from 1991 to 1996 and author of
the book Seeking Balance: Conversations with BC Women in
Politics, says it is frustrating hearing STV proponents
wrongly claiming that STV will elect more women.
have to do a much better job of electing women but the facts
are the facts - under STV the number of women elected has
been simply appalling," Edwards said. "Under our
current first past the post system in BC we have elected
between 22% and 27% women MLAs since 1991 - not good enough
but STV would be a giant step backwards."
Reimer and Edwards say that a Friday event sponsored by
the Yes for BC-STV group with the title "A Vote for
STV is a Vote for Women's Representation" is completely
misleading based on the facts of past election results.
commentator Judy Rebick and Scottish Member of Parliament
Tricia Marwick are scheduled speakers at the event.
added that: "Supporters of STV will point to the Australian
senate as proof STV works for women but what they won't
tell you is that those gains weren't made until one of their
major parties made a commitment to run 50% women. Before
that change, only 14% of elected senators were women, on
par with other STV countries. Now 36% are women - but it
has nothing to do with STV and it's disingenuous to suggest