British Columbians will get an opportunity to see what leaders of the two major provincial political parties think about electoral reform.
Premier John Horgan and BC Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson will square off in a televised debate to give voters a chance to hear the pros and cons of changing to a proportional representation system.
The governing NDP initiated the referendum based on a campaign promise to do so. They’ve come out in support of moving towards one of the three proportional representation options available, while the opposition Liberals are in favour of sticking with the first past the post system.
Experts often point to two realities of moving to a proportional system: it gives electors more choice, which can lead to higher voter turnout; and it leads to minority parties in parliament, creating coalition governments that can slow down legislation.