Most Influential BC-ers: Nobody said democracy *always* works

Joe Shithead and Bev Davies

The Vancouver Sun conducted a multi-tiered survey to vote for the most influential BC residents ever. The end results are skewed to people how have active constituencies who’ll get out the vote – and that’s all right with me.

The results include an eclectic list of artists, renegades, rebels, world-changers and mudrackers which reminds me why i am pleased to live here.

Way to go Joe of DOA (a personal hero) who truly rallied his gangs of reprobates to actually participate in the campaign – apparently a tactic the Sun had failed to consider ;-) instead it seems hoping that normal poltical voting apathy would cross over to this effort.

Here’s what Paul Bucci  (deputy managing editor) cobbled together to (somewhat begrudgingly) announce the accolade:

According to voters, the most influential British Columbian is musician, Joey Keithley, lead singer of the punk rock band DOA.

And while that is interesting, does it truly represent the province’s most influential citizen, greater than, say, Terry Fox or Emily Carr or W.A.C. Bennett, to name just a few? The results aroused our curiosity, and we found that Sudden Death Record’s web site included a link to our voting form and urged Keithley fans to “vote once, vote often.”

How often? Well, out of 2,912 votes cast for Keithley, some 1,268 votes were from IP addresses that registered multiple votes. In fact, one single IP address alone recorded 843 votes for Keithley. So here is our list, warts and all.

What does it say about us? It says we like musicians, truly heroic people like Terry Fox, environmentalists, entertainers, athletes and iconoclasts.

Here’s the full Top 10 List:

1. Joey Keithley

Bev Davies' 144 Punk Rock Photos 1979-1984

2. Terry Fox

3, David Suzuki

4. Michael J. Fox

5. Ross Rebagliati

ross regbliatti at 2002 olympics

6. Emily Carr

7. Rick Hansen

8. Peter ‘Dr. Peter’ Jepson-Young

9. Joni Mitchell

10. Marc Emery

Marc Emery awaits extradition to the USA

See all 219 vote-getters (including notables like Randy Bachman, WAC Bennet, Pam Andersen, Steve Nash, Cap’n Vancouver, Trevor Linden, Bryan Adams, Sarah Maclachlan, Douglas Coupland (not Copeland as printed), etc….)

Whatcha think?