B.C. Tory leader pans debate
“A pointless display” is how Vernonbased B.C. Conservative interim leader Scott Anderson described Thursday’s debate on proportional representation.
The 30-minute televised debate featured NDP Premier John Horgan and Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson loudly delivering talking points and interrupting each other.
Generally, the NDP is for proportional representation and the Liberals are in favour of keeping the current first-pastthe-post system.
“Winston Churchill once said: ‘The best argument against democracy is a fiveminute conversation with the average voter,’ and it’s clear B.C. Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson agrees with that thought,” said Anderson, who is also a Vernon city councillor and owner of a corporate communications and recycling businesses. “His obvious contempt for the intelligence of British Columbians is startling. What people don’t remember is Churchill’s pithy quote was referencing the disinformation fed to voters, and Wilkinson and his crew are among the worst purveyors of disinformation.”
Wilkinson has repeatedly claimed voters are confused by the referendum, don’t understand the ballots and are typically perplexed by the whole exercise.
The B.C. Conservatives have taken a neutral position on electoral reform, leaving it up to voters to use the non-partisan information supplied by Elections BC to decide.
The mail-in ballot referendum on electoral reform started Oct. 22 and wraps up Nov. 30.
The result will be announced sometime in December.