B.C. Liberals to vote for new leader by phone and Internet

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      Members of the B.C. Liberal Party won’t be able to vote for their next leader at a traditional polling station.

      The province’s next premier will be selected based on ballots cast by phone and Internet.

      That’s what the B.C. Liberal executive has decided, party president Mickey Patryluk announced today (December 17).

      “After careful consideration of a number of voting methods available for our members to cast ballots in our Leadership Vote, we have made a decision to use a blend of online and phone voting,” Patryluk said in a party press release. “The ability for us to use cutting edge technology to give our members voting access from their homes, while maintaining the integrity of our electoral system, is something we’re very proud to support.”

      The party has picked Nova Scotia-based Intelivote Systems to conduct the February 26 leadership vote.

      According to the release, party members will receive “secure information” that will allow them to vote by phone or Internet.

      George Abbott, Christy Clark, Mike de Jong, Kevin Falcon, and Moira Stilwell are the contenders for the leadership.

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      Dec 17, 2010 at 6:48pm

      Keep shuffling the deck chairs. Because it doesn't matter who wins or what they say to win. the Building Contractors of BC pull the strings in that party. They'll give them some latitude to hopefully win then when they're Preem they'll pull the reins tight and make sure they become the "bobble head" manikin. Remember, this is the party of the neocon elites and they aren't going to let go unless we yank the reins from them and give them back to the people.

      claire hurley

      Dec 17, 2010 at 10:00pm

      Seems like this system will be open to massive fraud--just how many phones does the Chamber of Commerce own?

      glen p robbins

      Dec 18, 2010 at 12:15pm

      In the old days - you could see people making their calculations and then when necessary deals. We may not know what, if any deals go down with this system.

      Robbins holds significant political capital iou's on both Christy Clark and Mike de Jong. Naturally, if either of these two win - we will murder them on a daily basis. However, if Abbott or Falcon wins - and we don't know what deals transpired - these charges will transfer to them automatically - based on Robbins Law -240-1 The commutative skunk law.

      Rich Coleman needs to put one of Abbott or Falcon over on first ballot, thereafter I will meet with him to discuss arrangements.

      Campbell could stop alot of unnecessary embarrassment to he and his family if he just stopped being so stubborn and did the right thing--takes me on the business building for 6 months - and a clean slate for the BC Liberals.

      Can't stop what's coming.

      Ken Lawson

      Dec 18, 2010 at 3:45pm

      This should happen at Election time also, but as you know Craig James and BC Elections are out of date and lack the skills to make this happen, they are still back in the 18th century.

      Don B

      Dec 19, 2010 at 9:26pm

      John Furlong for Liberal leader, Give our province a real shot at success

      glen p robbins

      Dec 20, 2010 at 9:39pm

      Okay the Olympics was fun - but John Furlong is not the solution to the political problems we face - after a decade of the same bossy grump - and the avalanche of lies - throughout BC's institutions.

      Cleaning up won't be easy and if it is - there wasn't a cleanup -- its pretty much a common sense approach now. Hard work - facing difficult truths.

      It's going to hurt.