EDITORIAL – Horgan-Wilkinson debate just what the pro rep doctor ordered


An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

A DEBATE BETWEEN Premier John Horgan and Opposition Leader Andrew Wilkinson on proportional representation should be a no-brainer.

Wilkinson has challenged Horgan to debate the pros and cons of pro rep in comparison to First Past the Post so British Columbians can be clear about the options.

As Wilkinson puts it, voters deserve to have as much information as possible about the three different systems proposed by the government and about the consequences of change versus the status quo.

Since Horgan has already launched his own campaign promoting pro rep in advance of the October mail-in referendum, he should have no problem accepting Wilkinson’s challenge. At this writing, he’s thinking it over.

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3 Comments on EDITORIAL – Horgan-Wilkinson debate just what the pro rep doctor ordered

  1. PR was voted on before and very nearly passed. The time for all the blather should be over and lets for God’s sake give it a try .Premier Horgan is NOT proposing 3 different systems,he will explain 3 different systems of which only one will be chosen.

  2. I am not sure what a debate will achieve except possibly a gaffe or a silly slip from one of the two.
    One will recite the benefit of PR, the other will recite the negative effects and the stalemate will continue.

  3. If there is going to be a Premier and Leader of the Opposition debate, then the debate needs to include ALL opposition leaders!
    We have to opposition leaders in British Columbia – an all party debate is what’s needed!

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