Electoral reform without holding a referendum has quickly become a decisive issue in the formation of a provincial government, with BC Greens leader Andrew Weaver claiming it’s a deal-breaker condition for their support.
However, if the BC Liberals or the BC NDP are serious about forming the next government with that Green support, they’re not exactly jumping at the chance.
The NDP has launched an online petition calling for British Columbians to make their support known for electoral reform, a message one can assume Andrew Weaver would be receiving as well.
In a statement on the petition, NDP MLA-elect Lisa Beare says the NDP are committed to electoral reform.
“Now is our chance to fix this broken system and the BC NDP will be working hard to get it done.”
But speaking to CKNW, she says the question of whether her party would be prepared to drop the idea of holding a plebiscite is still up in the air.
“That’s something for John [Horgan] and the other leaders to talk about… John has been working towards this throughout our entire campaign.”
Speaking to reporters yesterday Premier Christy Clark spoke to the possibility of electoral reform, but did not say if she would bypass a referendum on it.