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Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street


Proportional Representation Best Reflects the Will of the People

7 p.m. | November 15, 2018


Tickets: $5

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When: Thu, Nov. 15, 7-9 p.m. 

Where: Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema (GCA 3200), SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.

Additional Info: Co-presented by SFU Public Square and SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement

A Debate on BC’s Electoral Future

This fall, British Columbians have the chance to shape the future of provincial elections. A mail-in referendum ballot asks if we should keep the current first past the post system, or reform our electoral process and implement one of three types of proportional representation.

To get engaged and inform your vote, please join us for an evening of discussion about BC’s electoral future. During this Oxford-style debate moderated by Nancy Olewiler, Professor and Director, SFU School of Public Policy, hear from two teams of experts who will argue for and against changes to voting systems in the province, and explain how the results of the referendum affect representation in B.C.  

Is it time to change how we vote? Join us on November 15th to listen, learn, and decide for yourself before casting your referendum ballot.

Please note: this event will feature live audience polling, so please bring a wireless-enabled device with internet browsing capabilities if you are able.

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Nancy Olewiler is an economist, Director of, and Professor in the School of Public Policy at Simon Fraser University. Her PhD is in economics from the University of British Columbia. Nancy’s areas of research focus on public policy, including energy and climate policy, regulation and risk, and transportation. Nancy has served on the Board of Directors of BC Hydro, Powertech, and TransLink (and its Chair from 2011 to 2013), is on Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, is a member of the Climate Solutions Clean Growth council for BC, on the board of Technical Safety BC, and is Chair of the Macroeconomic Accounts Advisory Committee for Statistics Canada.

Where Do You Stand?

This debate is designed to expose audiences to civilized debate featuring opposing points of view. Please take this poll and vote with your most genuine opinion.

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Stuart Parker teaches International Studies and History at SFU and serves as president of Los Altos Institute. He has been working for proportional representation since 1994, serving as a director of Fair Vote Canada, Fair Voting BC, Fair Vote Ontario, the Movement for Voter Equality and Toronto Democracy Initiative, serving on the steering committee of the Yes campaign in the 1996 Vancouver, 2007 Ontario and 2005 and 2009 BC referenda on proportional representation. Former leader of the BC Green Party, Stuart is not currently affiliated with any national or provincial party.

Chuka Ejeckam is a graduate student in political science at the University of British Columbia. His work focuses on drug policy and inequality, the latter both political and economic. Chuka holds a research position with the Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions at UBC, as well as a contract research position with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. He has also worked with the Broadbent Institute.


Adam Goldenberg is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Toronto and a trial and appellate lawyer at McCarthy Tétrault LLP. He has served as a Law Clerk to the Chief Justice of Canada and to the judges of the Court of Appeal for Ontario, as Chief Speechwriter to the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, and as a senior political aide in the Government of Ontario. He is a contributor to CBC TV, Maclean’s magazine, and Toronto’s NewsTalk 1010 radio. Born and raised in Vancouver, Adam received his law degree from Yale and holds an undergraduate degree with high honours from Harvard.

Aubin Calvert holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of British Columbia. Her scholarship focused on democratic theory and political communication. Aubin now practices administrative law and commercial litigation at Hunter Litigation Chambers in Vancouver. Before joining Hunter Litigation Chambers, Aubin served as a law clerk to Chief Justice Richard Wagner of the Supreme Court of Canada.

Learn About the Voting Systems

Find out more about the work of our partners & join the online discussion in SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement Facebook group!


Tickets: $5

Is the cost of admission a barrier to attending?


When: Thu, Nov. 15, 7-9 p.m. 

Where: Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema (GCA 3200), SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.

Additional Info: Co-presented by SFU Public Square and SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement

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