Low Voter Interest in BC By-Elections in Coquitlam-Burke Mountain and downtown Vancouver-Mount Pleasant
I was going to write a blog post railing on how the major media networks couldn’t be bothered covering the BC by-elections in Coquitlam-Burke Mountain and downtown Vancouver-Mount Pleasant. Yup, as of 10:00 a.m. the day following the history-making election of two new MLAs from Coquitlam-Burke Mountain and downtown Vancouver-Mount Pleasant, none of CBC, CTV and Global new networks had any coverage on the front page of their websites that I found.
UPDATE: This page from CBC was pointed out to me after I wrote and posted this note. It shows a time/date stamp of Feb 02, 2016 8:56 PM PT. Not sure why I couldn’t find it on the morning of the 3rd.
Then I realized what a monumental waste of time that’d be as the majority of British Columbians who were eligible to have a say in their future—couldn’t be bothered.
It seems the media attention, or lack thereof, simply reflects the apathy (or is it dispiritedness?) of the affected citizens. In Vancouver-Mount Pleasant by-election, 78% ignored the chance to make a difference. Coquitlam-Burke Mountain by-election results saw 80% indifference.
I send my thanks to those citizens who stood up for their community and voted. My congratulations go to the newly elected MLAs; Jodie Wickens (NDP) for Coquitlam-Burke Mountain and Melanie Mark (NDP) for Vancouver-Mount Pleasant. Ms. Mark also made history as the first aboriginal woman to win a seat in the legislature. The Green Party’s Pete Fry made major inroads in Vancouver-Mount Pleasant by coming in second with a very respectable 26.42% of the popular vote.
Historically, by-elections attract fewer voters. I’m hoping for a more responsible response from the electorate in the upcoming 2017 general election in BC.