MLA Recall Campaigns
This section examines the numerous recall campaigns that have been initiated by voters against Liberal MLAs. Specific topics include:
Seven MLA Recall Campaigns
Since 2002, seven Liberal MLAs have been targeted in recall campaigns. One of the
first targeted was MLA Val Roddick of the riding of Delta-South in Vancouver. Roddick
came under criticism following large budget cuts to local hospitals. The recall application
was approved in November 2002, with a return date of January 2003 for the petition.
The petition was rejected by Elections BC for failing to meet the signature threshold.
The petition was about 1,900 names short of the 12,000 signatures required. Recall organizers
said they had collected more than 1,100 extra names, but election officials had eliminated
some 3,000 signatures through the verification process.
Ms. Reid is the Minister of Transportation Minister, while the other MLAs are backbenchers. The additional recall campaigns are in opposition of the provincial cuts to health care, education and social programs, and have been spurred on by the initial success of the Roddick recall campaign. There is some speculation that Premier Campbell himself may be targeted for a recall campaign. Premier Campbell publicly stated that he was unimpressed with the growing recall movement because it appears to be backed mainly by the NDP rather than a grassroots protest.
Overview of BCís Recall Process
Under the 1994 Recall and Initiative Act, voters in British Columbia can petition to remove a Member of the Legislative Assembly between elections. BC is the only jurisdiction in Canada with such legislation.
The recall process has five stages: