NEWS RELEASE · 8th November 2010
BC FIRST UNVEILS PLAN TO CHANGE SYSTEM THAT ALLOWS BC LIBERAL DICTATORIAL APPROACH
Delaney: It’s not enough to simply pick a new leader - the system must change in order to restore democracy
BC First has unveiled its’ plan to overhaul the system that permits the concentration of power in government witnessed under the BC Liberals – an approach which has severely damaged BC’s democracy says party spokesman, Chris Delaney.
Delaney says it is not enough to simply change captains of a sinking ship. “The peaceful revolution created by the backlash against the HST was in response to an emerging dictatorship in BC. The BC Liberal caucus’ failure to recognize that will ensure that the entire party follows their former leader over the same cliff into the political abyss.”
“We need total change. We need to open up and democratize the system that allows a single person to dictate policy no matter what taxpayers think, and no matter what the cost to our economy and our democracy. Today, BC First has put forward such a plan,” said Delaney.
“Our strategy for democratic renewal will begin with the creation of a new BC Constitution that will be controlled by the people, not the politicians. It will lay out the powers of government - both what they can and cannot do. And any change to the BC Constitution will require the approval of the people in a province wide vote. Never again will a single person be able to create a tax through an executive order, or thwart the will of the public on major issues.”
Delaney continued, “A BC Constitution that is created by the people, for the people, and is owned by the people will restore our democracy, our prosperity and our freedoms. It will protect our environment, our resources and our communities for the people of BC. It is the single biggest change we can make to ensure the return of sound fiscal management and prosperity to BC again.”
Delaneys says a BC First Government will also restrict political party donations to citizens only, and will implement a full, open and televised public inquiry into government corruption committed under the BC Liberals over the last 10 years.
Following is the BC First plan for Democratic Renewal:
BC FIRST DEMOCRATIC RENEWAL
BC First will institute a complete overhaul of our government system, resulting in the creation of a “BC Constitution” establishing the limits of government power, subject to change only by the people in a province-wide referendum.
The BC Constitution will include:
Workable Referendum, Initiative and Recall to empower citizens and hold government accountable between elections.
Limits on government spending that can only be exceeded with public approval via referendum
Public approval for new taxes or tax increases via referendum.
Secret ballot free votes in the legislature to empower MLAs to act for their constituents.
Public hearings for all conflict of interest charges or other government inquiries, that are televised and open to citizens.
Terms Limits of no more than 8 years for a premier, and no more than 12 years for any MLA.
BC First will limit donations to political parties to citizens only with a cap of $1,000 to return the democratic process to the people instead of powerful interests.
BC First will institute a full, open and televised public inquiry into government corruption under the BC Liberals including the BC Rail Scandal, the HST Election Fraud Scandal, The BC Hydro Run of River scandal, and the Bilderberg Funding Scandal.
Comment by Gary Edwards on 9th November 2010
Exactly what's needed in this province. Take back your voting power. Absolutely no question about it.