Tomorrow, in the City of Victoria, the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia will drop the Writ for their second fixed-date election. Introduced in 2001 by Premier Gordon Campbell‘s BC Liberals, British Columbia became the first Canadian Province to implement fixed-election dates, removing the power of the Premier to arbitrarily decide when elections are held.
“I think things are in flux and we need some major changes in this province. We need democratic reform, whichever side of the house it comes from.”
I agree with this statement, but with a 72 MLAs, I have a difficult time believing that even a moderate democratic reform measure could pass through the institutional inertia of PC caucus. Ask Ken Allred.
UPDATE: A quote from Pastoor in a Liberal news release today:
“I will not cross the floor. I support Dr. Swann’s commitment to democratic reform.”