Office of the President

Andrew Petter, President and Vice-Chancellor

Petter's Perspective: Notes from the President


BC electoral reform referendum extended – count yourself in!

November 28, 2018

Elections BC has extended the deadline to return your ballot for the referendum on electoral reform - so there’s still time to make your vote count. 

The new deadline is 4:30 pm on December 7 and you can return the voting package by mail or in person at a Referendum Service Office. Visit for a list of offices.

I encourage all in the university community to research the current and proposed voting systems, and to familiarize yourselves with the options. Talk to family, friends, professors and encourage them to vote as well. Note that you do not need to answer both questions on the ballot – your ballot will be counted even if you answer only one question.

At last count, Elections BC was reporting less than 30 per cent of ballots received. This is discouraging news. It suggests the possibility that only a fraction of BC voters could decide how members of the provincial legislative assembly are elected in the future.

The method by which citizens chose their elected representatives is an important aspect of any democracy. Don’t let others make this choice for you – get engaged in our democracy by taking the time to understand what’s at stake, and exercise your right to determine the future of our province.

Let’s demonstrate once again that we are indeed Canada’s Engaged University.

Questions about the electoral reform referendum?
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