Electoral reform protest in Kelowna

Residents are urging Kelowna-Lake Country MP Stephen Fuhr to stick to the Liberal election promise.

Several Kelowna residents gathered at Stephen Fuhr’s office in Kelowna Monday to make their voices heard on an upcoming issue federal MP’s will be voting on.

About 20 residents gathered for the protest, centred around electoral reform, urging Fuhr to vote yes on recommendations to bring in proportional representation, upholding the Liberal election promise.

Wayne Broughton, electoral reform advocate with Fair Vote Canada was one of the organizers of the event.

“A yes vote tells the government that it is not OK with the constituents of this riding that they broke their election promise. What we want is a real democracy where all voters, not just half of them, can be represented in parliament by someone they helped to elect and who represents their political views,” said Broughton.

MPs are expected to vote Wednesday on recommendations of the all-party committee on electoral reform (ERRE) which recommended proportional representation.

Organizers of the protest say it’s a free vote and Fuhr should hold up his election promise.

“Because it is a free vote, Mr. Fuhr will be able to vote for the motion even though many other Liberal members may be voting no,” Terry Robertson of the group Yes For Real Democracy said, adding the vote will need the support of approximately 20 Liberal MPs to pass, challenging Justin Trudeau’s February decision to break the Liberal key campaign promise.

Robertson concluded by saying that Mr Fuhr has espoused support for electoral reform in the past and declared himself to be an advocate for some form of proportional representation.

“We want to remind Mr. Fuhr that the time for talk is over…the time for courageous action is on May 31…It’s the time for you to vote Yes, to the ERRE Committee Report.”

Just Posted

City recommendation stinks says Kelowna developer

Troika Developments upset about city’s about-face on support of its Diamond Mountain project

Kelowna boy donates hair to charity

An eight-year-old kicks off spring break with a buzz cut for charity

Closet cleanout this weekend in Kelowna

The Kelowna Closet Cleanout helps ladies update their wardrobe this while supporting local charities

Keeping the Okanagan on the Federal Radar

Kelowna-Lake Country MP Stephen Fuhr’s column

Letter: Not a pretty picture, driving around Kelowna

Kelowna letter-writer says there’s a lot to dislike driving around Kelowna

Your March 19 Morning Brief

Check out the top stories of the day in the Okanagan-Shuswap with Carmen Weld’s Black Press Morning Brief.

Most people in B.C. too ‘lazy,’ ‘apathetic’ to prepare for disasters: poll

Less than half of those surveyed aren’t insured for earthquakes and wildfires

Chris Hemsworth goes surfing in Tofino

The Australian actor donned a full body wetsuit to catch some waves on Vancouver Island this weekend

B.C. hospitals receive boost for dental surgery

Disabled people needing general anesthetic wait too long, Adrian Dix says

BCHL Today: Wenatchee Wild on the ropes and Smoke Eaters reeling

BCHL Today is a (near) daily look at what’s going on around the league and the junior A world.

Heat drops two at nationals, Lea an all-Canadian

UBC Okanagan come up short at U SPORTS women’s volleyball finals in Quebec City

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Pedestrian airlifted to hospital after semi truck collision north of Cache Creek

RCMP say person sustained non-life threatening injuries

Sanford helps Bears win 16th CIS title

Cole Sanford has an assist in final as Alberta beats St. Francis Xavier 4-2 for national title

Most Read