Your Political Party of British Columbia

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Your Political Party of British Columbia
Leader James Filippelli
President Vacant
Founded June 6, 2002 (2002-06-06)
Headquarters 313 – 2040 York Ave
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6J 1E7
Ideology Government accountability
Colours Green
Website
www.yppofbc.ca
Politics of British Columbia
Political parties
Elections

Your Political Party of British Columbia is a minor political party in British Columbia, Canada. The party is registered with Elections BC and has participated in the 2005 and 2009 general elections. The party advocates more transparency and accountability in government. It nominated one candidate in 2005 and two in 2009, all in the Tri-Cities area. No Your Party candidate has been elected to office. Its best result was a fourth place finish with 442 votes (1.68%) in Port Moody-Westwood in 2005.

History[edit]

Your Political Party of BC was registered with Elections BC on June 6, 2002, by Belcarra-resident James Filippelli.[1] In February 2005, Filippelli announced he would seek election in the electoral district of Port Moody-Westwood as a Your Political Party of BC candidate during the May 2005 provincial election.[2] At the time, in addition to being the party president and leader, Filippelli was a 22-year old student at Douglas College.[3] Filippelli ran on a limited platform centered around government accountability to taxpayers.[4] He advocated more detailed and open budget process so that every expenditure is disclosed while at the same time reducing bureaucracy and taxes.[2] He also advocated for elected Members of the Legislative Assembly to return 10% of their wages back to constituents.[5] Filippelli came in fourth place in the Port Moody-Westwood riding, losing to Iain Black of the BC Liberal Party.

As the May 2009 provincial election approached, Your Political Party announced it would nominate two candidates: Brent Williams in the Port Coquitlam electoral district[6] and Filippelli in Port Moody-Coquitlam. By this time Filippelli was a 26-year-old electrician living in Port Moody.[7] In addition to campaigning for more government transparency regarding financial issues, the two candidates also supported keeping the carbon tax[8] and eliminating the property transfer tax[9] Filippelli again came in fourth place in his riding losing to Iain Black, while Williams came in fifth in his riding losing to Mike Farnworth of the New Democratic Party.

Party platform[edit]

  • The provincial budget would be made public, so that the province's residents could see where their tax dollars were going.
  • All government actions would be public, including how each MLA (Member of the Legislative Assembly) votes on each issue.
  • More information would be provided to British Columbians, so that they can be more informed and interested in the government and be able to provide knowledgeable feedback about what they would like the government to do.
  • All YPP MLAs would give at least 10% of their take-home salary back to their constituency, and would hold a meeting once every month open to all members of the constituency to inform them about what is happening in the legislature. These meetings will give the people of each constituency a chance to let each MLA know how they feel about what is happening in the legislature and with their tax dollars.
  • All government actions and legislation should be sustainable. Everything the government does should be economically sustainable, environmentally sustainable, and socially sustainable.
  • Two-way communication between the BC government and the people would be facilitated by having the Premier answer a 1-800 line one day a week for eight hours a day so that citizens could call to give the Premier feedback on the future of BC.
  • Questionnaires with pre-paid postage would be made available at all government buildings so that British Columbians can inform government about the things they would like the government to do.
  • All of the votes in the BC legislature would be "free votes", i.e., MLAs would not have to vote along party lines, so that MLAs would be able to better represent the people of their constituencies by voting the way the majority of their constituents would like them to vote.

Electoral results[edit]

The party's leader, James Filippelli, stood unsuccessfully as a candidate for election to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia in the riding of Port Moody-Westwood in the 2005 provincial election.

Election Candidates Total votes Popular vote Riding Candidate Votes Popular vote
in riding
2005 1 442 0.03%
Port Moody-Westwood James Filippelli 442 1.68%
2009 2 335 0.02%
Port Moody-Coquitlam James Filippelli 198 1.03%
Port Coquitlam Brent Williams 137 0.67%

Finances[edit]

Annual Financial Report
Year Income Expenses Assets Reference
2002 $325 $334 $27 [1]
2003 $407 $378 $147 [10]
2004 $775 $542 $335 [11]
2005 $1,095 $1,509 $66 [12]
2006 $40 $263 $87 [13]
2007 $700 $5 $332 [14]
2008 $125 $541 $199 [15]
2009 $2,205 $2,541 $145 [16]
2010 $1,352 $560 $608 [17]
Election Expenses
Election Income Expenses Surplus/Deficit Reference
2005 $815 $827 ($12) [18]
2009 $2,105 $2,291 ($186) [19]


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Annual Financial Report: Your Political Party of BC" (pdf). Elections BC. 2002. Retrieved January 4, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Cleugh, Janis (February 19, 2005). "Liberal race loses Marusyk". The Tri-City News (Coquitlam, British Columbia). p. 1. 
  3. ^ Murphy, Dan (April 24, 2005). "Off the radar screens but in the race & on the ballot". The Province (Vancouver). p. A30. 
  4. ^ Saltman, Jennifer (May 7, 2005). "There's life beyond the major parties: Nine 'alternative' candidates in Tri-Cities". Coquitlam Now (New Westminster, British Columbia). p. 3. 
  5. ^ "Drop the writ for Survivor BC". Castlegar News (Castlegar, British Columbia). March 9, 2005. p. 6. 
  6. ^ McKenna, Gary (April 21, 2009). "PoCo Candidate Profile: Williams: YPP's key issue is accountability". The Tri City News (Coquitlam, British Columbia). p. 1. 
  7. ^ "PoMo-Coquitlam Candidate Profile: YPPBC candidate James Filipelli". The Tri City News (Coquitlam, British Columbia). April 28, 2009. p. 3. 
  8. ^ Mcfee, Jennifer (May 6, 2009). "Port Coquitlam's provincial candidates square off". Coquitlam Now (New Westminster, British Columbia). p. 7. 
  9. ^ McKenna, Gary (May 5, 2009). "PoCo All-Candidates Meeting: Taxes, transportation and more". The Tri City News (Coquitlam, British Columbia). p. 3. 
  10. ^ "Annual Financial Report: Your Political Party of BC" (pdf). Elections BC. 2003. Retrieved January 4, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Annual Financial Report: Your Political of BC" (pdf). Elections BC. 2004. Retrieved January 4, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Annual Financial Report: Your Political Party of BC" (pdf). Elections BC. 2005. Retrieved January 4, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Annual Financial Report: Your Political Party of BC" (pdf). Elections BC. 2006. Retrieved January 4, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Annual Financial Report: Your Political of BC" (pdf). Elections BC. 2007. Retrieved January 4, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Annual Financial Report: Your Political Party of BC" (pdf). Elections BC. 2008. Retrieved January 4, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Annual Financial Report: Your Political Party of BC" (pdf). Elections BC. 2009. Retrieved January 4, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Annual Financial Report: Your Political Party of BC" (pdf). Elections BC. 2010. Retrieved January 4, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Election Financing Report - Political Party: Your Political Party of BC" (pdf). Elections BC. 2005. Retrieved January 4, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Election Financing Report - Political Party: Your Political Party of BC" (pdf). Elections BC. 2009. Retrieved January 4, 2012. 

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