A BC Liberal MLA is speaking out against a provision of a bill proposed by her own party to address voter apathy.
Vancouver-Langara MLA Moira Stilwell says when she explained a provision in bill 20 would give political parties voter information including if they had voted or not, her constituents were against it.
“It is not a hill to die on portion of the bill. There are lots of things in the bill that are worthwhile and I will be supporting. I just couldn’t find constituents who said this is the right thing to do and lets move forward with it.”
Stilwell says she couldn’t find a single constituent who thought it was smart to allow political parties to have voter information, including if someone had voted or not.
“When I spoke to a fairly significant number of constituents they did not think this was an appropriate move. They couldn’t see the line between how it would help get people who don’t vote to vote or how it would help to secure governance and enforcement of voting rights.”
Stilwell says giving political parties information like that would be like “throwing chum in the water to attract sharks.”
She added the distribution of voter information proposed in the bill are in the interest of political parties and not BC voters.
Stilwell says how people vote and if they choose to vote it no one else’s business.
Others have also voiced concern about the provision in Bill 20 including BC’s Privacy Commissioner.