Vision Vancouver has indicated to Fair Vote Canada’s Vancouver Chapter that their councillors have previously asked the provincial government to amend the Vancouver Charter to allow the use of proportional representation in civic elections. Vision states that it is “committed to continue to pursue this change to the Vancouver Charter” and would implement proportional representation if it was allowed by the province and approved in a city-wide plebiscite. Read their position on proportional representation below:
Vision Vancouver, and individuals currently elected for Vision Vancouver, have a strong track record of advocating for changes to the Vancouver Charter to allow for consideration of proportional representation (PR) as a voting system for municipal elections in Vancouver.
Since taking office in 2008, Vision Vancouver has been a strong and active proponent for the provincial government to amend the Vancouver Charter to include PR as a permissible option for the municipal voting system, passing motions and conducting advocacy to the provincial government in June 2009, January 2010, March 2010, January 2012 and June 2013.
Vision Vancouver is committed to continue to pursue this change to the Vancouver Charter.
Our position has been that any change to the electoral system should be done through a binding city-wide plebiscite, and that this should not occur until such time as the provincial government approves PR to be an option in that plebiscite.