IntegrityBC to host screenings of Sean Holman’s Whipped: the secret world of party discipline

(Victoria, April 23, 2013) – IntegrityBC will be hosting the Victoria and Vancouver screenings of Webster Award-winning investigative journalist Sean Holman’s “Whipped: the secret world of party discipline” on Friday, April 26th in Victoria and Sunday, April 28th in Vancouver.

The new video documentary exposes the secretive system of party discipline that stops MLAs from voting their conscience or for their constituents.

“If there’s one documentary that every voter and every first-time candidate in B.C. should see before May 14th, Whipped is it,” said IntegrityBC executive director Dermod Travis.

For the first time ever, British Columbians will hear past and present MLAs – including Liberals, New Democrats, cabinet ministers and backbenchers – speak candidly about the personal and political costs of that discipline.

For the first time ever, British Columbians will hear specific examples of how that discipline has forced MLAs to toe the party line in the legislature.

For the first time ever, British Columbians will hear what really happens behind the closed doors of the provincial politics – and why some MLAs think it’s wrong.

Screenings of the 43-minute documentary are scheduled for:

Premiere – Vancouver, Thursday, April 25 (7:00 pm)

University of British Columbia
Buchanan Building, Room A103

Co-sponsored by by the Centre for the Study Democratic Institutions and the Tyee

Victoria, Friday, April 26 (7:00 pm)

The Vic Theatre
808 Douglas Street
Admission by donation, recommended donation $10.00

Vancouver, Sunday, April 28 (7:00 pm)

Vancouver Public Library, Alice MacKay Room, Library Square Conference Centre
350 West Georgia St.
Admission by donation, recommended donation $10.00


Whipped premiere trailer from Sean Holman on Vimeo.

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For further information or to arrange an interview please contact:

Sean Holman (Assistant Professor, Mount Royal University)
(403) 440-6334 or (403) 242-8258

For a media pass, please contact Brad Slade 250-590-5126