Po­lit­i­cal spin re­placed de­bate

Re: “Hor­gan, Wilkin­son clash on vot­ing,” col­umn, Nov. 9.

Times Colonist - - Comment - Steve Coo­ley Camp­bell River

There was no de­bate Thurs­day night; there was a po­lit­i­cal spin game.

When Premier John Hor­gan was asked if a pro­por­tional-rep­re­sen­ta­tion vot­ing sys­tem would cost more than the present vot­ing sys­tem, the best an­swer has one word: Yes. At the very least, count­ing PR votes takes longer, and some of the coun­ters are paid.

When Op­po­si­tion Leader An­drew Wilkin­son kept on ask­ing how many votes each voter will be able to cast, he knew there can­not be an an­swer to that ques­tion un­til the type of PR sys­tem is fi­nal­ized. He knows that his party will be part of the com­mit­tee that will be es­tab­lished should PR be cho­sen over first-past-the-post. He knows that the com­mit­tee’s com­po­si­tion will fol­low the prin­ci­ples that all leg­isla­tive com­mit­tees fol­low. Cur­rently, if the com­mit­tee is to be 10, five would be NDP, four would be Lib­eral, and one would be Green.

We have had a rigid party sys­tem in B.C. ever since I have been aware of pol­i­tics. No can­di­date is en­dorsed by most par­ties just on the rid­ing’s choice. The lead­er­ship of most par­ties must en­dorse each lo­cal can­di­date and some lo­cal can­di­dates have been re­jected by the pro­vin­cial lead­er­ship. Can­di­dates have been parachuted into rid­ings as re­cently as the last elec­tion. Both PR and FPTP al­low for party con­trol of MLAs.

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