Our Mission Statement

The Independent BC initiative is comprised of a group of citizens committed to educating voters about the electoral process, with a focus on independent candidates for election as Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) across British Columbia, in the next election.

We are not a political party.

Nor, are we associated with any political party.

We exist simply to:

    • educate voters about a ‘new way to vote
    • help communities recruit independent candidates to represent them
    • offer guidance to communities on running town hall meetings
    • provide independent candidates with information about their MLA career

Independent BC Co-Founders

Founder Salvatore Vetro and Co-Founder Rick Dignard

Click links above to view their bios & media kits.

It Takes a Team

From left to right: Sal (Founder), Patricia (Operations & Marketing), Rick (Co-Founder) and Tara (Top Volunteer). Missing: Adele (Webmaster & Newsletter Editor).

Independent BC was founded because 50% of voters did not vote in the 2020 provincial election. That’s over 1.5 million voters who lost faith in the democratic system because it no longer functioned as a democratic system. And, it no longer represented them.

IBC offers educational materials to people in all constituencies of the province, along with a template to help and encourage them, to look for a worthy candidate to represent them, and only them, in the BC Legislature. Independent representatives will have a free vote on all new laws, not restricted to voting as they are told how to vote by the party whip and leader.

They will be able to work collaboratively with all other independent MLA’s to come to consensus focused on what the VOTERS actually want. People no longer want to be held hostage by top-down governance, where politicians only meet with the public at election time, then, after the polls close, introduce all kinds of laws the public never heard of, nor supports.

Join us in this Grass Roots Initiative from the bottom up, as we spread the word about a “New Way to Vote….  Electing trusted persons in our communities to represent us as Independent MLA’s in the BC Legislature.  Building Collaborative Independent Voices for all 93 BC Ridings.

Salvatore Vetro on the difference between political party candidates and independent candidates.