The 2017 BC Election Period: TranBC and How We Communicate

UPDATE: Due to the longer than expected transition into a formalized government, our “dimming of the lights” will need to last a little longer. Sorry we can’t give a timeline but we hope to return fully soon. In the meantime, we’ll continue to share emergency updates here and on Flickr, Facebook and Twitter, while supporting DriveBC in getting information out that impacts travel.

It’s coming up to election time, and that means you’ll be seeing a big change here at TranBC.

As of April 11, we’ll be going dark.

Ok, not totally dark, but we will be dimming the lights a bit.

Why? Well, we’re a non-partisan government organization. That means during the election, we can’t say or do anything that could possibly be seen as political advertising.

And it’s not just us. In fact, all government-related advertising, communications, Internet and social media activities will be limited to health and safety of the public and answering questions from the public related to services.

Some background: Tuesday, April 11 marks the start of the provincial election or writ period. As a result, government will be restricting public communication, including web and social media presence to items which are statutory in nature, necessary for health and safety or related to services that remain available to the public during the writ period.

What does that mean for you? First off, DriveBC ( and Twitter) is unaffected, so you’ll still be able to get the information you need there.

Also, if anything comes up that involves your safety, you can bet we’ll be posting about it and keeping you informed through the usual channels. And if you have a question for us, we can still respond to you. That’s the good news.

The bad news is we won’t be publishing any new blogs or other such content until there’s a newly elected and formalized government.

Fortunately, it won’t be for much longer. Once the government is formed, we’ll be back, and we’re already looking forward to sharing our stories with you and keeping you informed about what we’re doing in your community.

If you have any questions on the election period and how it impacts government, please contact Elections BC, they’re also on Facebook and Twitter.

Keep in touch, and we look forward to sharing more blogs and other content soon.

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2 Responses to The 2017 BC Election Period: TranBC and How We Communicate

  1. Nick Thomas on April 10, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    Quiet during the election. Just a huge flood of news releases last month before the official start of the election campaign. If that isn’t public money being used for political purposes I am a multi-billionaire.

    In March 2017 119 news releases

    In March 2016 25 news releases

    In march 2015 16 news releases

    In March 2014 6 news releases

    In March 2013 16 news releases

    In March 2012 8 news releases

    In March 2011 3 news releases

    • tranbceditor on April 11, 2017 at 1:42 pm

      Hi Nick,

      Thanks for the comment around our announcements.

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