The "Learning Phase" is divided into six weekends of
study, plus homework reading. The themes of this first weekend
were Politics in BC — What do we want? and
Criteria for evaluating electoral systems.
The weekends are organised into three
sessions: Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon and Sunday
morning. Handouts provided to members and presentations for the
first weekend can be downloaded here:
Session 2: Politics in BC
Session 3: Assessing
This was the agenda for the first weekend,
INTRODUCTION TO THE CITIZENS'
Saturday January 10
Morning: The Citizens'
Assembly — getting started
Afternoon: Politics in BC —
What do we want?
Current practices vs. alternative
Adversarial and party disciplined OR coalition
Government dominated legislature OR greater
Locally based OR interest (or party) structured
Irregular OR tightly tied vote-seat linkages
Either-or vote OR greater voter
What aspects of BC politics do you think work
Are there practices that don’t meet
Is party discipline good or bad for BC
Is there one thing about BC politics you would
most like to change?
Sunday January 11
Morning: Criteria for evaluating
electoral systems — System and voters
Stable / effective parliament and government
Parliamentary scrutiny of government
Fair representation for all parties, groups
Democratic political parties
Illustration of trade-offs different systems
Which criteria are more important – for you as a
voter, for BC?
How are criteria to be balanced?
Questions, and discussion of