Premier John Horgan and Opposition Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson squared off Thursday in a debate on electoral reform, the subject of a province-wide mail-in referendum.

Voters need to mail in their ballots by the Nov. 30 deadline to either support moving to a form of proportional representation for the next election or to keep the current first-past-the-post system. A majority of 50 per cent plus one is needed to change the system.

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Horgan’s NDP government is in favour of proportional representation while Wilkinson says the current referendum, as it is written, is too politically driven by the NDP and it’s taking power away from voters.

Horgan argues that proportional representation is fairer system than the current first-past-the-post system.

“Pro Rep means exactly what it says,” said Horgan. “If you get 40 per cent of the votes, you get 40 per cent of the seats.”

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Source:: Vancouver Sun – Politics


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