Recall petition to be issued in Vancouver-Point Grey electoral district

ELECTIONS BC announced on Tuesday that a recall petition will be issued in the Vancouver-Point Grey electoral district, after it received a petition application that met the requirements of the Recall and Initiative Act.

The subject of the recall petition is Premier David Eby, MLA for Vancouver-Point Grey. The proponent of the recall is Salvatore Vetro.

Elections BC said in a press release that under theRecall and Initiative Act, any registered voter in British Columbia can apply to have a recall petition issued for their electoral district. They must submit an application form, a $50 processing fee, and a statement of 200 words or less on why they feel the Member should be recalled. Applications must be approved if these legislated criteria are met. Elections BC does not have discretion to evaluate applications on any other criteria.

The petition will be issued on January 17, at which time registered canvassers may begin collecting signatures. The petition must be returned to Elections BC no later than March 20.

For the petition to be successful, registered canvassers must collect signatures from 40% or more of the voters eligible to sign the petition, or 16,449 voters. To be eligible to sign the petition, an individual must be a registered voter, and must have been a registered voter in the Vancouver-Point Grey electoral district on October 24, 2020 (General Voting Day for the last provincial election).

The expenses limit for both the proponent and the Member is $33,902.72. The expenses limit for recall advertising sponsors is $5,839.16.

If the petition is submitted and it is clear that the signature threshold has not been met, Elections BC will take no further action. If the petition is submitted and it is possible that the signature threshold has been met, Elections BC will have 42 days to verify that those who signed the petition were eligible to do so. 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.

Elections BC noted that the Chief Electoral Officer has approved 27 previous recall petition applications since the Recall and Initiative Act came into force in 1995. Six of those petitions were returned to Elections BC for verification. Of the six, five did not have enough valid signatures and one was halted during the verification process because the Member resigned.

There have been two previous recall petitions in Vancouver-Point Grey. Former Vancouver-Point Grey MLA Gordon Campbell was subject to recall petitions in 1998 and 2003. Both petitions failed because they were not submitted by the deadline.

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