Lucia Gastiazoro helps her dad Facundo vote in Smithers on the first day of advance voting for the B.C. election last spring. (Chris Gareau photo)

Lucia Gastiazoro helps her dad Facundo vote in Smithers on the first day of advance voting for the B.C. election last spring. (Chris Gareau photo)

Proportional representation open houses

Stikine MLA Doug Donaldson hosting Smithers and Hazelton meetings this week on future of BC voting.

The future of how we choose our governments in B.C. is again going to a referendum this fall, and citizens are given the chance to have their say on democracy.

Meetings in Smithers Feb.1 and Hazelton Feb. 2 are an opportunity to hear about the proposed change from the current first-past-the-post system of electing representatives who got the most votes in each riding, versus other systems that could be voted on including proportional representation.

POLL: What system should we use to vote in B.C.?

Stikine NDP MLA Doug Donaldson’s party is the first party in power to advocate changing to some version of proportional representation, which aims to align the number of votes a party gets closer with the number of seats it gets in the legislature.

He is hosting the meetings at Northwest Community College in Smithers from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, and from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Anglican Church Hall in Hazelton.

Your input can also be given online at engage.gov.bc.ca/howwevote.

The website also has more information on how different systems could look.