B.C. Tory leader pans de­bate

The Daily Courier - - OKANAGAN -

“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.

An­der­son

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