The same people trying to stop proportional representation also want to bring big money back into B.C. politics

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VICTORIA – Both the B.C. Liberals and the “No” side on electoral reform have two things in common: they’re both trying to stop proportional representation, and they want to bring back big money.

On March 1, the No BC Proportional Representation Society’s submission to the Attorney General was posted online, asking for corporate and other big money donations to be brought back to B.C. politics in this year’s referendum on how we vote in B.C.

“For 16 years, the B.C. Liberals refused to ban big money in B.C. politics, and even voted against the New Democrat legislation that finally banned it. Andrew Wilkinson and the B.C. Liberals also want to stop proportional representation, because they know they won’t be able to get a majority government with 100 percent of the power with a minority of votes anymore, as they have for many elections,” said Maple Ridge-Mission MLA Bob D’Eith. “It’s no surprise their partners in the effort to stop us improving how we vote also share their desire to bring back big money.”

D’Eith said governments should work for people, not big business.

“Time and time again, we saw the B.C. Liberal government make choices that only benefited themselves or their top donors,” said D’Eith. “We want to improve and modernize our voting system so everyone’s vote counts. That decision has to be about people, not big money.