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 ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.