Even before the Attorney General presents his report on how British Columbians will get to have their say on electoral reform, the B.C. Liberals have already made up their minds.
The B.C. Liberals are fighting for their own self-interest to keep a system where the wealthy and well-connected can call the shots.
Andrew Wilkinson made it the focus of his campaign:
“We’re about to go into the fight for our lives on proportional representation.” (B.C. Liberal Leadership debate, Oct. 15, 2017)
“We must beat the NDP on proportional representation. We’re all talking about it, but I’m taking action.” Twitter, November 2017
“That is our challenge next year – to stop Proportional Representation.” (Wilkinson Platform)
Dianne Watts (the B.C. Liberal leadership candidate who would have won if the B.C. Liberals used first-past-the-post):
“Because you know what? If we do not defeat this referendum, there will be no majority. There will forever be a minority of B.C. Liberals.” (B.C. Liberal Leadership debate, Nov. 4, 2017)
“I am hell-bent in terms of making sure that we defeat that referendum.” (B.C. Liberal Leadership debate, Nov. 4, 2017)
Wilkinson and the B.C. Liberals are desperate to keep the old way of voting – the status quo that works for them.