The B.C. government has introduced legislation to hold a referendum in the fall of 2018. The referendum will ask British Columbians to decide whether B.C. should keep its current voting system (first past the post) or move to a system of proportional representation. (Lakes District News file photo)

The B.C. government has introduced legislation to hold a referendum in the fall of 2018. The referendum will ask British Columbians to decide whether B.C. should keep its current voting system (first past the post) or move to a system of proportional representation. (Lakes District News file photo)

Abbotsford chamber to host forum on proportional representation

Speakers from both sides will get chance to make their case at event on Sept. 18

With British Columbians set to vote this fall on whether to ditch the first-past-the-post system, the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce will host a forum this month on the issue.

Voters are being asked whether the province should adopt a proportional representation method or stick with the current first-past-the-post system.

British Columbians will also be asked to rank three different systems: dual member proportional, mixed member proportional, and rural-urban proportional.

RELATED: VIDEO: How to start thinking about a new voting system

Voters will receive a package in the main in late October.

The Abbotsford chamber will host an information forum on Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. in the University of the Fraser Valley’s lecture theatre (B101). The event will feature a panel discussion moderated by UFV professor Hamish Telford, and include speakers from the two official representative groups: VotePRBC and NoBCProRep. The audience will also have a chance to ask questions.

The forum is open to the general public and there is no charge.

For more information, visit www.abbotsfordchamber.com/events.