This page will have information about the 2017 BC Provincial Election, that will take place on Tuesday, May 9.
The Student Vote will take place on Wednesday, May 3 (Day 1) and Thursday, May 4 (Day 2). Be informed, get out, and vote!
GLOSSARY OF TERMS
Not really sure about all the big words that are being tossed around by politicians and media mean? Check out this glossary of terms.
ELECTION SCRAPBOOK ASSIGNMENT
This is due on Monday, May 15 for David Thompson students and Tuesday, May 16 for Van Tech students.
TRACKING THE CAMPAIGN
The issuing of the writs presents a great opportunity for you to begin following the campaign through the media.
– The Globe and Mail’s preview of the campaign with ‘what you need to know’ on the parties and issues: https://goo.gl/a1EkMw
– CBC’s Poll Tracker with vote and seat projections (updated throughout campaign): https://goo.gl/NB3Tcc
– The Canadian Press’ ‘primer’ on seven major issues that could swing the election: https://goo.gl/50zETe
– Vancouver Sun has compiled all of their election coverage with a focus on the major issues: http://vancouversun.com/tag/bc-election-2017
– Global’s ‘BC Election 2017’ site is also a good source for provincial election news: http://globalnews.ca/tag/bc-election-2017/
– CBC’s ‘BC Votes 2017’ page features detailed profiles of all 87 electoral districts in the province: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/b-c-votes-2017-a-look-at-the-issues-in-your-riding-1.4073152
WHAT ARE THE REGISTERED POLITICAL PARTIES IN BC?
The three most well known parties are the BC Liberals, the BC NDP, and the BC Green Party, but there are almost 29 total registered parties in BC. Check them out here!
Each party has as set of principles and policies called a platform that informs the voting public what they plan to do if elected. They’re pretty complicated, but each one of the following links to party platforms have simplified versions if you don’t want to read the full versions.
LEADERS ANSWERING QUESTIONS FROM STUDENTS!
The BIG 3, in alphabetical order (there are leaders for smaller parties but we will focus our attention on these 3):
Christy Clark – BC Liberal Party
John Horgan – BCNDP
Andrew Weaver – BC Green Party
Students have the opportunity to ask the leaders questions that the leaders will answer on YouTube. Check out this link to see the video responses!
Vote Compass is a great political spectrum tool to help people examine their political views and discover how they fit in the provincial political landscape: https://votecompass.cbc.ca/bc/