Another miscalculation by Andrew Wilkinson
|Note the BC Liberal link to their "no" mini-campaign site|
- He's opposed the popular speculation tax.
- He's opposed the elimination of the MSP.
- He's opposed ICBC reform.
- He's opposed the minimum wage increase.
- He's opposed to electoral reform.
But lets talk about electoral reform for a moment.
The NDP pledged a referendum to ask voters on an option for a proportional representation based system. Facing defeat, so did the BC Liberals in their ill-fated throne speech. Presumably, Andrew Wilkinson voted for it too.
But, here is the crux of my thinking on this:
Andrew Wilkinson has effectively made himself the leader of the anti-reform movement in BC. This is problematic in several ways (for him).
- Those opposed to the BC Liberals, and recent polling puts that number between 60-65% of the popular vote (if recent polling is to be seen as accurate), it gives those folks a brand new opportunity to render their verdict against the 16 year old government (of whom many still resent). In that, "if the BC Liberals oppose reform, then I'm in favour!".
- Historically, right-of-centre parties do just fine in proportional voting systems; proportional voting does not mean 'left wing' government forever.
- By attaching himself to the anti-reform movement, Andrew has already dismissed other right-of-centre politico's or parties that may find their way into the legislature.
- A vote against electoral reform is a vote *for* the BC Liberals; this may be an uncomfortable alignment for some voters.
- The vote in question isn't for a pure proportional system; there are three proportional/regional hybrid systems that preserve local representation: something the BC Liberals have mislead voters into thinking isn't the case.
Its not that I think that Andrew Wilkinson is a bad person. I don't know the guy. But his trajectory right now seems to be emulating the scorched earth partisanship that was representative of the last decade, and is a thing that BC voters can do without.
my 2 bits