The Trudeau Liberals failed spectacularly in their attempt to implement sweeping electoral reform without putting the question to a referendum. Meanwhile, next November British Columbians will be voting on electoral reform for the third time in thirteen years.
The BC NDP and BC Greens have long wanted to see changes to our “first past the post” system based on the Westminster parliamentary model.
But in 2005 and 2009, British Columbians rejected a switch to a “single transferable vote” (SVT) system.
In 2018, British Columbians will have one or more options for the type of electoral reform available to them according to Attorney General David Eby, who told the Globe and Mail that this third referendum would be the final say on electoral reform in BC.
"The goal is to provide British Columbians with a very clear opportunity to state their preference about where they want to go. I just have a hard time imagining, coming out of a process like that, that there could be any further discussion to be had."
Watch as I explain why the knee-jerk reaction from conservatives might be to oppose electoral reform, even though it could benefit a true Conservative Party in the province.
It may represent an opportunity for a true blue Conservative party to gain a larger voice, win some seats and possibly hold the balance of power one day, so it’s not surprising that the BC Conservative Party has officially endorsed electoral reform.
But there are also reasons to be wary. Going to a straight proportional representation system as groups like LeadNow want, could disenfranchise the rural portions of the province and swing all the power down to the populous lower mainland of Metro Vancouver.
Where we end up will all come down to the options and choices on the ballot, something Attorney General Eby will be deciding over the coming months through public consultations.