Paramedics Petition Update

B.C. Paramedics and canvassers for the initiative petition to have paramedics considered an essential service are pleased to announce that the threshold for Vernon Monashee and Shuswap Electoral districts have been met.  However local canvasser want a cushion to cover any signatures that may be rejected by elections BC.

Local paramedics seeking signatures on an initiative petition to amend the Fire and Police Services Collective Bargaining rights act to give paramedics the same collective bargaining rights as firefighters and police officers have received 5025 signatures in the Vernon Monashee electoral district surpassing the required 4750.  They have also received 4382 signatures for the Shuswap district that requires 4091.

Local spokesperson Dean Perry says, "With just over a week remaining in the tight time period they are encouraging people to come out and sign as the process could see some signatures rejected for one reason or another."  Local canvassers will still be at the scheduled events at Save On Foods in Vernon on Tuesday at Shops at Polson Park from 12pm-6pm and on Thursday at Village Green Centre from 10am-6pm.  Some canvassers will lend a hand to the Kelowna area that has yet to make the threshold in their 3 electoral districts.    To find a calendar of events in other areas, request a canvasser, or for more information visit