Can social media stop Gordon Campbell from getting Order of B.C.?
At time of writing, the Facebook page had over 480 likes.
Voigt, a Creston real-estate agent, has posted a petition on Facebook.
Here's what the petition argues:
We the undersigned citizens of British Columbia demand that Gordon Campbell not be awarded the Order of British Columbia. On Gordon Campbell’s watch poverty rates in BC soared to become the highest in Canada, homelessness increased massively, children’s health, safety and education were neglected or made worse, legal contracts were broken, our rivers and parks were destroyed by ill-conceived hydro projects and BC Ferries, BC Hydro and other public services have been destroyed. There is no justification for giving Gordon Campbell an award for his tenure as Premier of BC.
Voigt is urging people to print out the petition, gather signatures, and send the completed forms to the province's Honours and Awards Secretariat.
Update (10:33 a.m.): A petition titled "Gordon Campbell is ineligible to Receive the 2011 Order of BC" has been posted on Petition Online Canada.
This petition's argument is as follows:
According to the Government of BC's own Order of BC website, nominations for the 2011 awards closed March 10, 2011, and "your nominee must not currently be an elected person with federal, provincial or municipal governments".
Gordon Campbell did not step down as MLA, clearing the way for Christy Clark to run in his riding of Vancouver-Point Gray, until March 14th. Thus, at the close of nominations he was "currently an elected person".