An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.
THERE WAS A CLEAR WINNER in Tuesday night’s B.C. leaders’ debate.
As usual, all three parties fired off media releases right after it was over claiming victory.
According to the BC Liberals, their leader Andrew Wilkinson “took down” the NDP’s John Horgan. Not so, said the NDP — Horgan bested Wilkinson, even blaming him for the plight of seniors during the pandemic.
And the BC Greens insisted their leader, Sonia Furstenau, made the case for more Green MLAs.
But the real winner was none of the above. No, the title goes to moderator Shachi Kurl of the Angus Reid Institute, who accomplished the seemingly impossible task of keeping the leaders mostly on-topic and respectful.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, 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.