Yesterday Sonia Furstenau was elected the new leader of the BC Green Party. During her first remarks as leader, she made a point to say the party opposes an early election call from the NDP during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Simply put, with two overlapping health emergencies, Premier Horgan has a responsibility to govern, not play politics,” said Furstenau.
“This is not the time to dissolve government, to leave a province leaderless for over a month in hopes of securing more power for yourself. This is a time when we need our ministers of health and education to be working aside our public health officer to do all they can to protect the health and wellbeing of the people of British Columbia,” added Furstenau.
While they hope no election is called prior to the scheduled date next October, local Green Member Rob Mellalieu joined Q101 to discuss the work being done behind the scenes to prepare.
“We are ready. We actually have a lot of systems in place and we’ve had some cash flow for a change,” began Mellalieu. “We have systems in place ready to go like our phone calling system with our membership lists.”
“We’re going to do very well in the election. Whether we’re going to be able to get the seats that we had because the first-past-the-post system is so archaic is hard to tell. We’re going to do very well in the popular vote but to actually get over the first-past-the-post threshold is going to be difficult,” added Mellalieu.
When asked about an early election call, Premier John Horgan simply answered his party has been ready for an election since day one as a minority government, and would not confirm or deny his intentions.
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