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Recall Petition to be Issued for Maple Ridge-Mission

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 9, 2015

VICTORIA – Chief Electoral Officer Keith Archer today approved in principle an application for a petition to recall Marc Dalton, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Maple Ridge-Mission. The proponent of the recall is Yvonne Hale.

“The petition will be issued on April 15, 2015, and at that time, registered canvassers may begin collecting signatures,” said Archer. “The petition must be returned to this office no later than June 15, 2015.”

In Maple Ridge-Mission, there were 38,523 registered voters on May 14, 2013. Registered canvassers will have 60 days to collect 15,410 or more valid signatures on the recall petition. The expenses limit for the proponent and the Member is $37,365.92.

Elections BC has 42 days from the date the petition is submitted to verify that those who signed the petition were eligible to do so. The Chief Electoral Officer cannot determine whether or not the petition is successful until the proponent’s financial report is reviewed and it is determined that the proponent did not exceed the expenses limit. The financial report must be filed with the Chief Electoral Officer within 28 days of the end of the recall petition period.

In the event of a successful recall petition, the recalled Member’s seat becomes vacant and a by-election must be called within 90 days. The recalled Member can run as a candidate in the by-election.

Proponent’s opinion of why recall of the Member is warranted:

Please accept this letter as application for a recall petition for Marc Dalton, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Maple Ridge-Mission. I do not believe that former BC Liberal Mr. Dalton works to represent his constituents and his recent announcement to sit as an Independent while he runs for nomination as Member of Parliament for the Conservative Party bears this out. It is my feeling that Mr. Dalton has turned his back on his constituents, while seeking to achieve his own self-interest and agenda of gaining a federal position. Mr. Dalton should resign his MLA position if he wishes to run federally. He should also spend his time working for his constituents instead of for his career as a politician. We have many issues that he does not seem to bother to tackle. Some examples are our under-funded, short-staffed hospital, our closed youth center, sinking homes and so many more. Maple Ridge-Mission voters deserve honesty and accountability from elected representatives. It is time to elect someone who will work for us, not themselves.

NOTE: Elections BC has not altered the wording of this statement in any way.

For more information, visit Elections BC’s website at http://www.elections.bc.ca/index.php/referendum-plebiscite-recall-initiative/recall/rp-mrm-2015-001/

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Attachments:  Fast Facts – Recall

Contact:
Don Main
Communications Manager
Elections BC
Phone: 250-387-1709
Email: Don.Main@elections.bc.ca
Website: www.elections.bc.ca

Elections BC is an independent, non-partisan Office of the Legislature responsible for administering electoral processes in B.C. in accordance with the Election Act, Recall and Initiative Act, Referendum Act and Local Elections Campaign Financing Act.

Fast Facts – Recall

  • The Recall and Initiative Act came into force in 1995
  • Under the Act, recall is a process that allows registered voters to remove their Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) from office between elections
  • Eighteen months must elapse following General Voting Day for the previous election before a recall application can be made
  • The Chief Electoral Officer has approved 25 recall petitions since 1995; none have been successful
    • 18 petitions were not returned to Elections BC by the deadline
    • One petition was withdrawn
    • Five petitions were returned to Elections BC by the deadline
      • Two petitions proceeded to the verification process
        • Paul Reitsma, MLA, Parksville-Qualicum resigned during the verification process of the 1998 recall petition against him; verification stopped at that point
        • One petition continued through the full verification process –
          Val Roddick, MLA, Delta South (2002); verification determined that insufficient valid signatures had been obtained
  • When a recall petition is issued, the proponent has 60 days to collect signatures of more than 40% of the voters who were, on the date of the last election of the Member, registered voters in the Member’s electoral district
  • Registered voters new to the Member’s electoral district since May 14, 2013 are not eligible to sign the recall petition
  • There were 38,523 registered voters in the Maple Ridge-Mission electoral district at the May 14, 2013 general election
  • The signature threshold for Maple Ridge-Mission is 15,410
  • The petition will be issued on April 15, 2015
  • Petition sheets must be submitted to the Chief Electoral Officer on or before June 15, 2015
  • Marc Dalton, MLA, Maple Ridge-Mission, received 10,327 votes, or 46.61 % of total valid votes, in the 2013 General Election
  • The proponent can be assisted by canvassers
  • Canvassers must be registered with Elections BC prior to collecting signatures
  • The proponent and the Member have equal expenses limits of $37,365.92
  • Any individual or organization, other than the proponent and the MLA, who sponsors recall advertising must register with Elections BC
  • There are no spending limits on third-party recall advertising
  • Recall financing reports must be submitted to Elections BC within 28 days after the end of the recall petition period