Give power back to the people


Hold town hall meetings, strike up debates, come to a consensus and let the people decide how to run B.C.

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That's the view of the Unparty - The Consensus-Building Party, a grass-roots organization quite literally made at the home of Chanel Donovan and her husband Mike Donovan about 20 months ago.

So while Chanel is running in Richmond-Centre, Mike is staking a claim in the Steveston riding.

"My husband and I debate all the time about the political systems in Canada," said Chanel, an accountant who was born and raised in Shanghai before immigrating to Canada in 1997.

"We represent the people; we want everyone to come to a consensus from deliberation.

"Right now, it looks like the leaders make all the decisions for the party and ignore the people's needs.

"In a consensus, we would bring the views of the people from town hall meetings via debate and by reaching a consensus."

The Unparty's philosophy is a true democracy, added Chanel, who also won a B.C. Small Business Society award in 2003 for a business plan for her winemaking company.

"We might not all like the decisions, but everyone will feel a part of it and that they're being treated equally," said Chanel.

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