PRINCE GEORGE - The Prince George Chamber of Commerce says they're concerned that the Province hasn't given enough information and clarity to the public along with the business community, in order to make an informed decision in the upcoming referendum on Proportional Representation.
During the BC Chamber AGM, the Prince George Chamber voted in favour of the resolution to engage with business and community on electoral reform. The recommendations to the BC government included: appointing a separate panel on the likely outcomes of an alternative system before issuing a referendum, clearly defining the system of proportional representation that's being considered before any referendum, confirm that no changes will be implemented unless there's a clear majority overall and that the referendum be supported in each riding and lastly, this referendum be delayed until a massive educational campaign has been introduced and all British Columbians are aware of the impacts of a proportional representation system.
"We have seen and heard clearly through the BC Chamber network that the approach taken by the Government of BC through this process has limited the information available to constituents, making an informed decision challenging," said Todd Corrigall, CEO, Prince George Chamber of Commerce. "This morning's announcement by the Attorney General further reinforces the need for greater engagement and education with respect to proportional representation as the proposed questions lack clarity. Further, the Government has not provided any indication on how ballots will be counted."
The Chamber adds that they are calling on the Province to slow down the process and implement the suggestions given by the BC Chamber.
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