issues and experts

SFU experts on proportional representation and electoral reform

October 30, 2018

British Columbia is having a referendum to decide between having a proportional representation or First-Past-The-Post (FPTP) voting system. From October 22 to November 30, citizens can mail-in a ballot asking two questions: the first determining a preference for either FPTP or a proportional voting system and the second ranking the preference between three systems of proportional representation.

The following SFU experts are available to speak to various topics regarding the referendum:

Eline de Rooij, political science, 778-782-5858,

  • Topics: comparative politics, electoral and non-electoral political behavior, political engagement of minority and marginal groups, anti-immigrant attitudes and ethnic prejudice

Stuart Parker, international studies, 604-368-1324,

  • Topics: proportional representation in Canada, proportional representation internationally

Judy Zaichkowsky, Beedie School of Business, 778-782-8591,

  • Topics: questionnaire design, marketing, consumer research and behaviour.

Anke Kessler, economics, 778.782.6643,

  • Topics: structure of government, political economy, institutions

SFU Public Square will host a debate on electoral reform at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts in Vancouver on November 15.

Ian Bryce, University Communications and Marketing, 236-880-2187,