Elections Bc

Law Infringes On Free Speech, Upheld: Judge

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.21.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A British Columbia judge has upheld a law that requires anyone engaged in political advertising during a provincial election campaign to r...

Enbridge Covers Northern B.C. With Ads Before Kitimat Northern Gateway Vote

DeSmog Canada | Posted 05.18.2014 | Canada British Columbia
DeSmog Canada

Enbridge's ad spend on the Kitimat vote so far is more than three times what the company would be allowed to spend in an electoral district during a provincial election. During a provincial election or initiative vote, Elections BC restricts how much companies and other third-party advertisers can spend -- but no such rules apply to the April 12 plebiscite.

Will Internet Voting Make A Difference?

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.23.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - Internet voting requires more fine tuning — especially when it comes to eliminating security risks — before it can be widely used in pr...

Vancouver-Langara Voting Book Missing: Elections BC

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.06.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - Elections BC says the disappearance of an election ballot box means there could be a breach of personal information such as names and addre...

No Take Backs

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.29.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The final count of ballots is now complete, and only one riding has changed hands in favour of the New Democratic Party since election nig...

No Seat For Christy Clark

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 05.28.2013 | Canada British Columbia

It's official: Christy Clark has lost her seat in the B.C. Legislature. Elections BC completed the final tally of votes in the Vancouver-Point Grey...

The Final Countdown

CBC | Posted 07.27.2013 | Canada British Columbia

The last stage of B.C.'s 40th general election is underway with the start of the final vote count — and there is the potential for election night re...

Time to Talk About Proportional Representation Again, B.C.

Doug Bailie | Posted 07.25.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Doug Bailie

British Columbians, both voters and politicians, who care about democracy need to start talking about electoral reform again. A minority of voters elected a B.C. Liberal majority government. Here's one way Legislature can one day be reflective of the people you see on the streets of every city, town and village across the province.

'He Is The Man To Carry On'

CBC | Posted 07.16.2013 | Canada British Columbia

British Columbia NDP Leader Adrian Dix has kept a low profile since conceding victory to the Liberals two days ago in a surprise end to the provincial...

'I Felt Too Lazy'

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.15.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - This week's provincial election in British Columbia was the first chance 18-year-old Merwa Almalike had to vote since she became eligible ...

Are Dix's Days Numbered?

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 05.15.2013 | Canada British Columbia

Are Adrian Dix's days as NDP leader numbered? The Province's Mike Smyth set off a torrent of speculation online when he tweeted on Wednesday that a...

Those Robocalls Have To Stop

CBC | Posted 07.14.2013 | Canada British Columbia

The B.C. Conservative Party has been ordered to stop election day robocalling by Elections B.C. Spokesperson Don Main says the calls went...

Where To Vote Tuesday

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 05.14.2013 | Canada British Columbia

Tomorrow, May 14, is the B.C. provincial election. Polling stations will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. PT. Advance polling is now closed, and voter...

Elections BC Should Keep Their Nose Out Of Politics

Mark Hasiuk | Posted 07.10.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Mark Hasiuk

While the effect of Election BC's ad on next week's election remains debatable, one thing's clear. Its message echoes NDP and/or Green Party rhetoric, and therefore, counters the candidacy of many BC Liberal and/or Conservative candidates, particularly in ridings outside Vancouver. Anyone interested in democracy should be concerned about that.

Advance Voting On Now

CBC | Posted 07.08.2013 | Canada British Columbia

British Columbians can cast their votes for the upcoming election starting today, with advanced voting stations open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. until May 1...

Would You Like A Ballot With That?

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.06.2013 | Canada British Columbia

COMOX, B.C. - There are drive-thru coffee businesses and banking facilities and now voters can cast their ballots at drive-thru voting bays in Comox, ...

Elections BC Gears Up For Big Vote

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.27.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - Provincial politicians are not the only ones readying for an election.More than two months before British Columbians go to the polls, the i...

B.C. Election Gag Law Fix Should Be In Throne Speech

Vincent Gogolek | Posted 04.14.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Vincent Gogolek

The government had a clear opportunity to fix the gag on free political speech built into our province's Election Act last spring, when the act was being amended by the legislature. For reasons unknown, they chose not to.

Secret Payouts For B.C. Politicians

CBC | Posted 01.08.2013 | Canada British Columbia

The speaker of the B.C. Legislature admits a secret decision to provide severance to all MLAs who lose their seats because of recall petitions was pro...

B.C. Election Law Is A Comedy Of Errors

Vincent Gogolek | Posted 12.12.2012 | Canada British Columbia
Vincent Gogolek

Faulty advertising rules caused extensive problems for small spenders such as non-profit and charity groups during the 2009 B.C. election. The rules led to widespread confusion, wasted resources, anxiety and, most dangerously, self-censorship among organizations that spent little or nothing on election advertising. The government should have (and could have) fixed this situation when it was amending the law this spring, but chose not to.

90 Days Could Change B.C.'s Pot Laws

CP | Keven Drews, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.20.2012 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - One of British Columbia's leading marijuana advocates says he's going to raise an army of well-trained, disciplined volunteers for his eff...

A B.C. Government For The People, Not At The Expense Of The People

Laila Yuile | Posted 10.29.2012 | Canada British Columbia
Laila Yuile

I've written much about the air of entitlement this government has come to display, an attitude which sets an example from the top of government for all the levels below. How can one expect any government executive or bureacrat to display restraint when those in charge demonstrate a proclivity for excess? The truth is the average person is British Columbia just doesn't even listen to any of this bizarre hypocrisy anymore. The average person in this province is still struggling to make ends meet. Whether or not it's the most basic of needs such as food and shelter, or meeting mortgage and car payments, most people in this province are far removed from the reality of luxurious "vacations" oops I mean, conferences in Nairobi.

Online Voting Coming To B.C.?

CBC | Posted 12.07.2012 | Canada British Columbia

B.C. Attorney General Shirley Bond has asked Elections BC to convene an independent panel of experts to consider the potential of internet voting in B...

BC's Former Solicitor General Fined For Election Violations

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.31.2011 | Canada

VANCOUVER - Former B.C. solicitor general Kash Heed must pay at least $8,000 in fines for spending more than he was allowed during the 2009 provincial...

1.6 Million Cast Ballots In HST Referendum

CP | Posted 10.11.2011 | Canada

VANCOUVER - Almost as many British Columbians voted in the mail-in HST referendum as those who cast ballots in the last provincial election, despite a...