Why does ICBA oppose proportional representation in British Columbia?
It's very simple: we like to build stuff. After all, we're an association representing construction and responsible resource development businesses.
Prop rep is a dangerous gamble that B.C. shouldn’t take. Prop rep results in continual minority governments, where competing political parties make backroom deals to seize power. These parties often represent fringe elements of society. With no strong, stable majority governments, we won’t see major infrastructure projects like the Site C Dam, EXPO 86, the 2010 Olympics, the Coquihalla Highway, the Kicking Horse Pass, Vancouver Convention Centre or other significant projects proceed – there just won’t be the necessary strong political leadership. The era of B.C. building big things will be over.
Prop rep would also diminish the voice of B.C. communities outside the Lower Mainland and Southern Vancouver Island - the ones who produce so much of the resources and prosperity that the rest of B.C. relies on. Places like Cariboo North & Chilcotin, Columbia River-Revelstoke-Kootenay East, Kelowna West-Fraser Nicola, Kootenay West-Nelson-Creston, Peace River North & South, Prince George-Valemount-Mackenzie, Skeena-North Coast, and Stikine-Nechako Lakes (Click each link to see just how huge the territories of a single MLA will become under this system).
The current voting system isn’t perfect, but it has created, over the long term, a stable, growing economy where big ideas still matter, and big projects can be built. ICBA is committed to supporting the current system.
For more than 40 years, the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association (ICBA) has been the voice of B.C.’s construction industry. Today, ICBA represents more than 2,300 members and clients, is one of the leading third-party providers of group health and retirement benefits in B.C., and the single largest sponsor of trades apprentices in the province. ICBA undertakes public policy research and advocacy initiatives focused on the construction sector and responsible resource development.
We are a strong voice for the industry, and our expertise is regularly sought after by both government and the private sector. We advocate on behalf of free enterprise and the construction industry of B.C., promote responsible resource development, and are an influential voice for advocating the best interests of our members.