EDITORIAL – If Horgan calls a snap election, he doesn’t deserve to win

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An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

SPECULATION IS RAMPANT that Premier John Horgan will announce a provincial election tomorrow. It might just be the media feeding off each other but it certainly feels like a possibility.

Only a couple of weeks ago I was predicting that Horgan wouldn’t be so foolish, but let’s look at the implications of an early election.

He doesn’t have to face a provincial vote for another year, so why would he pull the trigger now? Because, the pundits say, he’s so far ahead in public opinion surveys that even if there was a backlash against an election he has enough cushion to get a comfortable majority.


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, 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 – If Horgan calls a snap election, he doesn’t deserve to win

  1. If he calls an election he will be breaking the law. He signed a bill and the legislature passed it stating the next election would be in Oct 2021. The LG should tell him to get back to work.

  2. Gosh Mel,you talk like John Horgan might border on stupid. I hope you,re not an admirer of that Wilkinson fellow who is a genuine poop disturber.I think Mr. Horgan and his associates have done pretty good so far/

  3. If he calls an election now it certainly would be disappointing in an otherwise pretty positive mandate. But really if he doesn’t deserve to win who does?

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