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SFU Political Science organizes event to inform BC voters in preparation of upcoming referendum on electoral reform

October 01, 2018

This November, British Columbians will vote on whether to keep the current first-past-the-post electoral system or change to a system of proportional representation. The referendum begins in less than a month and current polls indicate that BC residents are split 3 ways over electoral reform.

Voters looking to inform their referendum decision are invited to attend a free public panel organized by SFU Political Science, “Changing Our Vote, Changing Our Voice,” on Thursday, October 4, 2018.

BC-based polling expert, Mario Canseco from Research Co. will join political scientists Eline De Rooij and Alexander Beyer from SFU, and Maxwell Cameron from UBC to discuss the upcoming electoral reform referendum, including what options British Columbians will have and the potential impact these choice could have on future elections in BC.

Register for the event via Eventbrite. For more information or comment, please contact: Steve Weldon, professor of political science, Simon Fraser University.

More about the panelists:

Mario Canseco is the President of Research Co., a BC-based polling company and has analyzed and conducted public opinion research since 2003. He has designed and managed research projects for clients across the private and public sectors, as well as non-profit organizations and associations. His portfolio includes Insights West’s electoral forecasting program, issuing 23 correct predictions of democratic processes in Canada and the United States, the 2015 Metro Vancouver Transportation and Transit Plebiscite, the 2015 Alberta provincial election, the 2016 United States presidential election, and the 2017 British Columbia provincial election.

Eline De Rooij is an associate professor in political science at Simon Fraser University. Her research includes comparative politics, especially electoral and non-electoral political behavior, political engagement of minority and marginal groups, anti-immigrant attitudes and ethnic prejudice. Her current work includes three main projects: a comparative study of immigrants’ political involvement; a series of experiments on the effects of voter mobilization messages on turnout in the US and the UK; and a study of the role of ideological group identity and group norms in political decision-making.

Alexander Byer is a PhD student in political science at Simon Fraser University. His research interests include extreme parties, populism, and contemporary changes in political discourse. He completed his MA at SFU with his thesis titled, “Where EU-Skeptics go to Party: EU Positions of Factions in the European Parliament,” supervised by Professor Steven Weldon.

Maxwell Cameron is a professor of political science at the University of British Columbia. He specializes in comparative politics (Latin America), constitutionalism, democracy, and political economy. He is the author or editor of a dozen academic books as well as over fifty peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. His books include: Democracy and Authoritarianism in PeruThe Peruvian LabyrinthThe Political Economy of North American Free TradeTo Walk Without Fear: The Global Movement to Ban Landmines, to name but a few. He is the Director of the Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions, where he’s organized the annual Summer Institute for Future Legislators since 2013.