EDITORIAL – What to expect from Horgan and Wilkinson in the debate

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An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

THE DEBATE NOBODY EXPECTED to happen is set for Thursday night at 7 p.m. on Global and CBC TV and radio and it should be a corker.

I’m actually surprised Premier John Horgan accepted Opposition Leader Andrew Wilkinson’s challenge to square off over proportional representation. He doesn’t have much to win at this point, having done everything in his power to make sure prop rep has an edge, so why’s he doing it?

Maybe he’s confident he can out-talk Wilkinson. He’s certainly the better debater, as his performance in the Legislature clearly shows Mondays through Thursdays. He loves to bluster and be sarcastic, and has no problem simply ignoring questions he doesn’t like.

Wilkinson, on the other hand, is a plodder, lacking the zest and quick comebacks for which his opponent is so well-known.


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and newspaper editor. He publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

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3 Comments on EDITORIAL – What to expect from Horgan and Wilkinson in the debate

  1. Chris Wright // November 7, 2018 at 11:25 AM // Reply

    From my understanding, it’s the same as now. Since it’s unlikely one of the two major parties will get a majority with prop rep, coalitions will form. The coalition with the majority rules. Same as today with the NDP/Greens. Most likely it will come down to who has more votes, the NDP/Green coalition or the Lib/Con coalition. Which to me, sort of makes the 40% of the vote, 40% of the power dialogue disingenuous.

    • That’s what I am thinking too…so what’s the difference really? Maybe the Armchairnews editor can confirm?

  2. I do have a question…In proportional representation does each and everyone of the MLA’s participate in the decision making or just the ones from the party (or parties in case of a coalition) getting 51% or more of the votes?

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