July 20, 2017

Liberals reject idea of moving fixed election date

The Liberal government is saying “no” to moving BC’s set election date to the fall, but the NDP says it’s a great idea.

Independent MLA’s are calling for the change beginning in 2017 saying a fall election sees the budget already passed and the previous year’s audited books available to the public.

But Deputy Premier Rich Coleman is not interested.

“There’s no time in the legislative calendar to change it, and that’s a discussion for another day.”
 
However NDP House Leader John Horgan says the idea makes sense and an NDP government would make the change if elected in May.

“A government with a new mandate is in a better position to make the case to the public that adding three months to a four year mandate is reasonable.”

Horgan says the proposal will be in the NDP platform.

CKNW Vancouver News

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