BC’s lone Green Party MLA says changes to legislation aimed at tackling voter apathy hasn’t addressed privacy concerns it has made them worse.
Andrew Weaver says the province first tabled an amendement granting access to the voters list for anyone who has run in a previous election.
“If Krusty the clown pops in off Simpsons and decides to run as a protest candidate Krusty the clown could get the voters list along with information, addresses, and whether or not people voted.”
Weaver says the province wasn’t done there then amending the amendement after MLAs went home last night.
“So what they did is they futher allowed candidates who are running in an election to get access to this. So it is a free for all out there right.”
Weaver says it is an end run around the privacy of British Columbians.
“Anybody in BC can now become a candidate and get access to the voters list along with information as to whether or not people vote. Not only does this not alleviate privacy concerns it makes it wide open. Frnakly it is nobodies business if you or I voted or not.”
Weaver says it is now officially a voters list free for all.
“The privacy issues have been magnified substantially here. I am calling on the government to actually delay the discussion on this bill. We really need to have the privacy commission weigh in on this. We are ramming it through on the last day. I just don’t think that is appropriate. I think government needs to stand back, pause, take it off the table, reflect upon it, and come back.”
Weaver wants the province to take the bill of the table and have sober second thought instead of ramming it through.