P.E.I. votes to keep first past the post legislature

Progressive Canadian candidate in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith by-election, May 6, Brian Marlatt this evening congratulates P.E.I. voters on their victory for Canada’s electoral system, constitutional architecture, and Westminster parliamentary democracy by ensuring First-Past-the-Post will remain how Islanders elect riding representatives to the provincial legislature.
“P.E.I. voters, like a clear majority of BC voters in 2018 and voters in Nanaimo-Ladysmith’s two provincial ridings, have chosen fair democratic riding elections, using FPTP, over province-wide party voting, party proportional representation.
Movement-party partisans and movement activists may be disappointed by results which require that they do the hard work of persuading voters about the rightness of their cause and listening to voters like parliamentary parties, historically Liberals and Progressive Conservatives and today Progressive Canadians.  But the constitutional architecture of Canada’s Westminster parliamentary democracy, by holding elections in each riding federally and provincially to elect MP s and MLAs, MNAs and MPPs, serves us best because riding elected representatives can reflect diversity of view and interest from wherever they live even within parties,” Marlatt said, “Parliament and our legislatures are where Canadians express themselves equally by place and population in our democracy. Parliament must be the people’s house, not just where parties and politicians and movements play politics.”
Brian Marlatt took action on these views last year when presenting a brief on behalf of the PC Party to the Commons Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs (PROC) concerning Bill C-76, The Elections Modernization Act, which received royal assent December 13, 2018.
Marlatt believes the Nanaimo-Ladysmith by-election and the 2019 General Election are important moments to raise concern that movement-parties are putting movement activism ahead of democracy, putting our institutions at risk.
My candidacy in Nanaimo-Ladysmith, the Progressive Canadian party, is about righting these wrongs.  P.E.I. and B.C. voters show us just how important this is.”
Brian Marlatt is the Progressive Canadian candidate in the Naniamo-Ladysmith by-election, May 6.

Introducing PC Party candidate Brian Marlatt

Brian Marlatt

Brian Marlatt, 66, has been the PC Party candidate in South Surrey-White Rock, BC, from 2006-2015 and is living on Vancouver Island where he is the PC Party candidate in the May 6, 2019 Nanaimo-Ladysmith by-election; he is a writer, researcher and public policy analyst.  Brian worked as a manager in a family business, Paramount Distributors, prior to an academic leave-of-absence and assuming family health care responsibilities when his father suffered a major spinal cord injury. Previously, Brian managed Paramount’s sales, distribution and marketing of telephonic consumer electronics to major retailers and telephone companies across Canada and the US. Brian also contributed to market introduction of proprietary, two-way voice technology patented by Paramount’s sister company, Paramount Systems, designed for the security industry and for use in health care to assist the physically challenged. As a trade delegate to the Saskatoon Continuing Medical Education Conference in1992 and to DPI’s Special Needs Vancouver conference, Independence 92, Brian contributed to the introduction of Paramount’s Imedical medical alert system.

Brian Marlatt also has experience in the BC Film Industry, having contributed to fund-raising efforts and post-production video marketing of made-in-BC documentary films broadcast by the Knowledge Network and he was an ACTRA UBCP Extra Member.

Brian Marlatt earned an Honours BA in history from the University of Western Ontario, where he later pursued graduate work in history and the history of science. Subsequent papers are published in abstract by the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science. In 1996, Brian was a 
delegate to the first international conference held in Canada to focus on earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis, the Pan Pacific Hazards ‘96 Conference held in Vancouver as one of Canada’s major contributions to the United Nations International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction. His published paper, “Rebuilding After Earthquake in Historical and Traditional Society Context,” draws upon his early research and addresses questions of emergency response and post-disaster recovery in the Lesser Developed Country (LDC) contexts which were the focus of the UN IDNDR. Brian’s academic interests are ongoing.

Brian Marlatt’s political experience includes membership in the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada from 1998 to 2003, during which time he sat on the Progressive Conservative South Surrey-White Rock-Langley Riding Association Executive as Policy and Communications Chair; active membership on the Policy Advisory Committee of the PC’s BC Executive Council, including public policy consultations facilitation; and he both contributed to and presented successful amendments to the policy document on which the Tory platform in Election 2000 was based. Brian was a delegate to the PC’s Quebec City National Policy Conference in 2000 and to the Edmonton National Convention in 2002 which focused on Democratic Reform. Brian Marlatt was part of the Progressive Conservative BC and South Surrey-White Rock-Langley campaigns in Election 2000.

Brian’s academic and political experience were brought together in 1999, when he initiated an offer of assistance to the City of White Rock from the PC Task Force on Poverty and Homelessness during the emergency phase of the city’s June 1999 flood.

Beginning in 2010, Brian wrote a series of Canadian political and public policy focused articles, commentary, and non-political journalism for an online publication, The Examiner, on subjects ranging from the 2010 prorogations, senate reform, political economy, Canadian veterans and the return of casualties from Afghanistan, and the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.  Brian's interdisciplinary interest in the sciences and the history of science were represented in an article published by the general science publication, Muslim Science, An intersection of bioethics and epigenetics in policy, practices, and science affecting the Muslim world: a case for a wider definition.

Brian Marlatt became a member of the Progressive Canadian (PC) Party following the removal of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada from the ballot in December 2003. Brian is working to restore a national, progressive-conservative, alternative to Canadians and the vision of national unity which inspired the Fathers of Confederation. Brian Marlatt sits on the PC Party National Council and is a BC organizer for the Progressive Canadian (PC) Party. In 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2015 Brian Marlatt was the South Surrey-White Rock-Cloverdale and South Surrey-White Rock BC candidate for the Progressive Canadian Party.

In September 2006, Brian Marlatt submitted a brief solicited by the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs (PROC) concerning Bill C-16 in the 39th Parliament, the Fixed Date Election Law opposed by Progressive Conservative and Progressive Canadian party policy.

In June 2015 Brian Marlatt with then party leader, the Hon. Sinclair Stevens, contributed to the Elections Canada Advisory Committee of Political Parties (ACPP) AGM to address legislative changes affecting the 2015 General Election and wrote a report on party and candidate electoral finance for the EC OGI Steering Committee.  In June 2018, Mr. Marlatt attended the EC ACPP workshop on the new PESC digital portal for elections communications, and on June 6, 2018 presented a brief to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs (PROC) concerning Bill C-76, The Elections Modernization Act, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act, receiving royal assent December 13, 2018.