Thursday, April 16, 2015
How to Boot an MLA
The reasons behind a Burnaby resident's recall bid for MLA Lee
Released by Elections BC/Gov't website photo MLA Lee
hief Electoral Officer Keith Archer today approved in principle an application for a petition to recall Richard T. Lee, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Burnaby North. The proponent of the recall is Loren Letourneau.
“The petition will be issued on April 15, 2015, and at that time, registered canvassers may begin collecting signatures,” said Archer. “The petition must be returned to this office no later than June 15, 2015.”
In Burnaby North, there were 41,233 registered voters on May 14, 2013. Registered canvassers will have 60 days to collect 16,494 or more valid signatures on the recall petition. The expenses limit for the proponent and the Member is $38,257.91.
Elections BC has 42 days from the date the petition is submitted to verify that those who signed the petition were eligible to do so. The Chief Electoral Officer cannot determine whether or not the petition is successful until the proponent’s financial report is reviewed and it is determined that the proponent did not exceed the expenses limit. The financial report must be filed with the Chief Electoral Officer within 28 days of the end of the recall petition period.
In the event of a successful recall petition, the recalled Member’s seat becomes vacant and a by-election must be called within 90 days. The recalled Member can run as a candidate in the by-election.
Proponent’s opinion of why recall of the Member is warranted:
Out of a deep respect for civic duty, I cannot sit idly by while Richard T. Lee continues to be my MLA. I believe in a political system where the will and needs of a large group of people are represented in government by an elected official. In this, I feel RTL has failed. Our hospital is under funded and overdue for seismic upgrading. He has been silent on the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion proposal, other than to echo Victoria’s talking points. And he has continued, since 2001, to be paid for the privilege of being our voice in the legislature.
Our responsibility, then, is to hold Richard T. Lee to account. This, in essence, is the purpose of a recall process. We are empowered to engage with the province and bring about immediate change. Each of our voices, each signature, will be counted and tallied directly towards our effort.
NOTE: Elections BC has not altered the wording of this statement in any way.
For more information, visit Elections BC’s website here.
How to Recall and MLA
• The Recall and Initiative Act
came into force in 1995
Two petitions proceeded to the verification process:
• When a recall petition
is issued, the proponent has 60 days to collect signatures of more
than 40% of the voters who were, on the date of the last election of
the Member, registered voters in the Member’s electoral district
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