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Weaver rallies support for prorep in Vancouver ahead of referendum deadline

Last Updated Nov 18, 2018 at 8:10 pm PDT

Pro Rep really with Andrew Weaver and John Horgan in Vancouver, Nov. 18, 2018. (Source: BC NDP, Twitter)

BC Green Party leader says he's still hoping to convince undecided voters to choose proportional representation

Weaver believes many more will still vote, but are undecided

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – With the deadline quickly approaching in B.C.’s proportional representation referendum, and despite concerns from critics, B.C. Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver isn’t backing down: he’s still trying to sway undecided voters.

Standing against a backdrop with huge cut out of the words PRO REP, BC Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver tried to rally support for electoral reform in Vancouver on Sunday.

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He says despite what critics say, and recent figures from Elections B.C., he doesn’t believe there’s been low voter turn out on the issue.

“A lot of people still haven’t made up their mind as to what they’re going to do and when they’re going to do it,” he says.

“Even my own family members still haven’t voted and will be voting this week, so I’m not concerned. I’m convinced there will be a very strong turnout because British Columbians are engaged.”

Recent numbers from Elections B.C. showed an 18 percent voter turnout, with some areas sitting as low as just three or four percent.

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But that could still change, he says.

“Right now, Elections B.C. says they’ve recieved over 500,000 ballots, thats 18 per cent of the votes have already been recieved. There are many, many that are in mail boxes across the province,” Weaver says.

The strikes at Canada Post aren’t helping though, he adds, which could be causing delays getting ballots in.

It will be up to Elections B.C. to decide if they want to extend the November 30 deadline for voters.