BC one step closer to voting on electoral reform

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) – You’re a step closer to voting on whether to change the way we vote in BC.

Premier John Horgan says his cabinet has accepted Attorney General David Eby’s recommendations on how the referendum on a new voting system will take place.

There will be two questions on the ballot — one asking if we should change to a form of proportional representation, and if so, which type.

Horgan explains there will be another referendum after two election cycles to see if people in BC want to keep the change.

“This is an historic opportunity to replace our old voting system with a new way of voting that works for people,” Horgan says in a release. “We look forward to public debate and lively campaigns on both sides. Ultimately, the people will decide.”

The provincial government tells us 90,000 British Columbians took part in the public consultation process for this.

However, critics — especially the BC Liberals — have accused the NDP of tailoring the consultation process and ballot questions in favour of the party’s desired outcome.

Opposition leader Andrew Wilkinson had said Horgan was going against a promise to put forward a simple “yes or no” question last month when Eby’s recommendations were presented.

“Attorney General David Eby has created a confusing series of questions in an intentional effort to rig the results of the referendum,” he said at the time, claiming Horgan was “stacking the deck in a rigged game to favour his desired outcome of this NDP referendum.”

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