In the time between July 07, 2013, and July 27, 2016, there were only two instances of votes being cast outside of party lines in the BC Legislature.
This is what happens when an elected representative is "whipped" into the party line. This result indicates that elected officials voted against election finance reform. Party members were unable to vote to dismantle the "Wild West" of Canadian political cash because they were incapable of voting in the best interest of their constituents. Those tied to political parties will say that they will vote their conscience, but the fact does not reflect the reality. As an independent, I will bring your voice to the Legislature, free from obligations to large donors or any distraction from the evidence. An independent representative is able to act on fact driven arguments and articulate the reasons for making any particular decision to the constituency.
Vicki Huntington has demonstrated that an Independent MLA is the most effective representative of the public will. She has been a champion for Delta South and it is an honour to carry on her legacy. When members in government or in the opposition were unable to speak their conscience against their parties, MLAs from both the Liberals and NDP have approached her asking that she ask the tough questions for them in Legislature. Most recently, she has shown that an Independent MLA can shed light on baseless accusations being spoken as fact. Her record of effective representation speaks for itself. The value of an independent voice does the same.
"Caucus can have its debates, but you have to remember that government is the decision maker and only government, that is the cabinet itself, creates government policy... Caucus members will be told sometimes maybe a few hours before they even see a bill. They can't change that government decision and can't talk about it outside the caucus room."