In the Spring of 2002, the BC Liberal Party issued a referendum proposing eight principles that eligible BC voters were asked to either support or oppose. Results would determine whether or not the provincial government would be compelled to adopt the principle when taking part in treaty negotiations. Ballot phrasing was dangerously flawed, creating confusion for voters about which premise their answers would support. One was written such that an affirmative response was virtually guaranteed; another implied changes to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms which cannot be altered by provincial governments. Because there was no clear indication of the level of support required for any one principle to take effect, or how the government would implement the decision, the resulting impact of the referendum on treaty negotiations was unclear.