Premier says he hopes to change the voting system in 2018

By The Canadian Press
December 27, 2017 - 6:39am

VICTORIA — Premier John Horgan says the governing agreement his minority New Democrats made with the Green party after British Columbia's tumultuous election is a working example of electoral reform in action.

    The premier says in a year end interview that the deal between the two parties will serve as a campaign model for how future legislatures could work if voters approve electoral reform next year.

    Horgan's New Democrats passed legislation this year to hold a referendum by Nov. 30, 2018, that asks residents if they support changing the voting system in time for the next election in 2021.

    It will be B.C.'s third electoral reform vote in 13 years, with the previous two being rejected by voters.

    Horgan says the N-D-P and Greens had differing approaches to the Site C dam and ride sharing, but they worked together to pass numerous pieces of legislation this summer.

    He says B.C.'s current first-past-the-post electoral system is not fair, with only one political party in the past five elections forming government after receiving more than 50 per cent of the vote.

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