Previous Public Input Received
The following input and submissions were gathered by the commission through public hearings held in 29 communities throughout B.C. from September to November 2014. The public also provided input through the online submission form, by email and by mail to be reviewed and considered as the commission develops a Preliminary Report for further public input.
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    W John Kirkness, Vancouver

    Recent (Nov) submissions confirm the importance many respondents attach to this perspective:" The principle of equal value votes is perhaps the single most important tenet of democracy - one person one vote and all votes should be of equal value." Dutton [11 13]. Similar expressions are found in Smith [11 06] and Bergerud [11 06], while others note that demographic changes and linked government policies respecting "protected areas" mean that "the value of my vote has diminished tremendously - this is very unfair." Stowe [11 06]. In my view, this key equality principle is weakened when government legislation imposes limits on the work of your Commission; it also impugns the integrity of the Commissioners. I urge you again, as I did in an earlier submission [11 03], to address this topic directly in your report. Other approaches to respecting equality of votes, beyond regular boundary revisions, now deserve serious consideration, notably proportional representation, as argued by Bergerud, Hallsor [11 06], Hodgson, Huntley, Munroe [11 02], among others. As you deal with the complexities inherent in your review, I very much hope you will include reference to both 1) equality of votes and 2) voter representation in our legislative assemblies. JK

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