UBC Political Science Master’s student and researcher for the Democratic Institutions Center, Chuka Ejeckam says that BC’s current FPTP system causes strategic voting. He said that because only one candidate goes to the Legislature per riding, BC voters are more likely to vote for the party they believe has a chance to win instead of their first choice.
For example, he said that BC voters that would prefer to vote for the Green Party as their first choice are often more likely to vote for the NDP because they have a higher chance of winning a seat, while voters that identify with the Conservative Party are more likely to vote for the Liberal Party.
Dias highlighted that this concept of strategic voting often leads to FPTP systems only having two competitive parties. Historically in BC, those parties have been the Liberals and the NDP, but she said that PR could lead to more parties being competitive.