B.C. MLAs prepare to return to the legislature tomorrow, IntegrityBC is
today launching an online consultation on electoral and democratic
reform. It's the first in a series of consultations that the
organization plans as part of its Reimagine B.C. campaign.
Reimagine B.C. is a chance for British Columbians to work online with
other residents in developing new policy initiatives for the provincial
and local governments to consider.
“At a time when more and more people are tuning out of public life,
governments – and organizations like IntegrityBC – must do more to show
that public opinion does count,” said IntegrityBC executive director
The organization has chosen Vancouver-based
conduct its consultations.
PlaceSpeak is at the forefront of protecting personal privacy and does
not sell or share personal data. Consultations are available for anyone
to follow and participate in, unlike many online government
consultations that don't allow participants to also share and discuss
ideas among themselves.
Its consultative features will help IntegrityBC as it pushes for
legislative reforms by showing decision makers not just province-wide
support for policy initiatives, but regional numbers as well.
In launching its consultations, IntegrityBC is under no illusions as to
the challenge of re-engaging citizens in the province's political life.
Last fall's consultation by the B.C. government on local government
election reform elicited all of 49 responses.
“British Columbians don't want to sit on the sidelines,” said Travis.
“But they also want to know that their opinions count and too often
they're left to feel as though government consultations pay little more
than lip service to public input.”
He pointed to recent forums on service reductions at B.C. Ferries as a
classic case of what many felt was consultation just for the sake of
“The B.C. government needs to dispel the growing sentiment that public
opinion doesn't matter, especially on those occasions when they actually
pay attention to it,” said Travis who noted that the flip side of the
B.C. Ferries consultations is the government's slow retreat from its
proposed referendum on TransLink funding for this fall.
Google Hangouts and Twitter Town Halls will be incorporated into the
Reimagine B.C. campaign in the weeks and months to come.
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