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SFU Public Square presents: City Conversations—April 6

April 06, 2017

How can Vancouver encourage more residents to participate in its municipal election, and increase voter turnout to at least 60% by 2025?

Vancouver’s Independent Election Task Force has completed its report, fulfilling its mandate from Council. Among their recommendations (some sure to be controversial): proportional voting; reform of campaign financing; allow the city’s 60,000 Permanent Residents to vote; let 16-year-olds be pre-registered to vote; make anonymous balloting data available after an election, as many other jurisdictions do; and do a pilot study for online voting.

Most of these recommendations would require provincial legislation or authorization, which B.C. historically has not granted. For some changes, the Task Force has suggested clever workarounds that City Council could implement. For those that require provincial action—well, perhaps it’s time to push. The provincial election is May 9.

Members of the Task Force will present their recommendations, with pros and cons: Chair Shoni Field, human rights advocate Ela Esra Gunad, and Lyndsay Poaps.

Then it’s your turn to ask questions and offer your opinions and observations. It’s a conversation! Please feel free to bring your lunch.

When: 12:30–1:30 PM | Thursday, April 6, 2017


Room 7000
515 West Hastings
SFU Vancouver, Harbour Centre Campus

No reservations, but come a bit early to be sure of a seat. 

This SFU City Conversation is a presentation of SFU Public Square, sponsored by SFU Vancouver and SFU's City Program.