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B.C.’s Political Parties Platforms At-A-Glance – Thoughts for Immigrant Voters

Submitted by on May 4, 2013 – 2:24 pmNo Comment | 11,820 views

Voting is important. It is both our responsibility and right to to true democratic society, where, a “government of the people, by the people, and for the people” as said by Abraham Lincoln in his Gettysburg address. In general, voter turnout among immigrants is lower than among Canadian-born electorate.

This year we are electing our provincial government representatives and it is our responsibility to ensure that we know their political grounds, i.e. what they stand for. Each party has an election platform that describes their key priorities and future directions for our province. We created word clouds using the content from each of four election platforms which allowed us to identify the most frequently-used words in each ‘platform’ document. We also did a search of such words as “immigrant”, “diversity”, “in/equality”, and “foreign credentials/workers” in all four ‘platforms’. You can view the results of this 3-hour exercise in summary document titled: BC’s Political Parties At-A-Glance.


NDP platformB.C.’s NDP

Platform title: Change for the better. Practical Steps
Lengths: 70 pages, 11,820 words
Cover page: a picture of young children in the classroom and calls for change for students, families, economy, etc.

View the BCNDP platform


The most prominent NDP platform wordcloud words are BC, British, NDP, government, Democrats, care, support, health, economy, better, Columbians, children, Nations, improve, services, change, future, Democrats, people, communities, workers, Aboriginal, public, tax, reduce, etc.


Leberal platform

B.C.’s Liberals

Platform title: Strong Economy Secure Tomorrow
Length: 90 pages, 20, 147 words
Cover page: a family of three with a smiling girl at forefront

View BC Liberal platform

The most prominent Liberal platform wordcloud words are BC, NDP, today, Liberals, tomorrow, new, Canada, future, strong, economy, province, forward, jobs, tax, secure, debt, budget, communities, million, work, industry, billion, driving, growth, etc.

Greens platform

B.C.’s Green Party:

Platform title: Green Book 2013 (a living document)
Length: 42 pages, 20, 211 words
Cover page: Deep green background with no picture.

View Green Book 2013

The most prominent Green platform wordcloud words are BC, , health, government, public, green, care, people, community, housing, children, needs, education, new, energy, environmental programs, Nations, British, support, local, food, resources, families, ecological system, land, forest, climate.

Conservative platfrom

B.C.’s Conservative Party:

Platform title: We Believe in BC

Length: 28 pages, 10, 290 words
Cover page: A map of BC in grey

View Conservative Election Platform

The most prominent Conservative platform wordcloud words are BC, British Columbia, province, billion, million, believe, Canada, Conservatives, provincial spending, workers, years, fiscal,Liberals, GDP, decade, average, public, fiscal, budget, income, expenditures, natural, source, number, year, decline, debt.

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