Proponent - NO to the Single Transferable Vote - May 2009
RELEASE Tuesday May 5, 2009
STV welcomes support from both business and labour in saying
No to the Single Transferable in May 12 referendum; Vancouver
Board of Trade and Canadian Union of Public Employees-BC
both oppose STV
- NO STV, the group opposing the Single Transferable Vote,
today welcomed support from both business and labour organizations
who are advising their members to reject STV in the May
12 provincial referendum on electoral systems.
STV President Bill Tieleman said today it is very encouraging
that both the Vancouver Board of Trade and the BC division
of the Canadian Union of Public Employees have publicly
stated their opposition to STV.
fact that groups representing both employers and workers
are rejecting the Single Transferable Vote sends a clear
message to BC voters," Tieleman said. "These two
organizations often have very different perspectives on
public policy issues but when it comes to STV, business
and labour both agree - it's a bad idea for BC."
a letter sent to all Vancouver Board of Trade members, Chair
and CEO Dr. Don Rix said the organization studied the implications
of STV and recommends voting to reject it and keep the existing
First Past The Post system.
said the Board is concerned that reducing 85 one-member
ridings to just 20 large multiple-member ridings for all
of BC under STV would result in "less effective local
representation" and that in major cities the number
of names on election ballots "would be "enormous".
Rix also says the Board is concerned that STV would create
political instability, minority governments, more frequent
elections, and that: "Constant coalition governments
could threaten sound public and economic policy in our province."
STV process likely compromises the clarity of the voting
process, the impact of a citizen's vote and the stability
of our political process and provincial governance. As a
result, The Board of Trade does not support the STV vote
as being in the best interest of our members, your businesses
or our province," Rix writes, while adding that the
Board does support electoral reform.
BC reminds members that its 2005 convention passed a resolution
" encouraging members to oppose the STV" and that
" the resolution expressed concern over the complexity
of the system, the loss of access to local elected officials
and the possibility that one part of a large riding could
dominate the whole riding."
Vancouver Board of Trade letter to members is online at:
CUPE -BC position is online at: