NDP suppresses debate on sham referendum process

VICTORIA (October 23, 2018) – Referendum ballots are in mailboxes throughout B.C. and the NDP refuses to debate this critical issue in public.

Last week the NDP abruptly paused debate on Bill 40, which commits government to yet another referendum in the future.

“One rigged process isn’t enough for the NDP,” said BC Liberal Opposition Leader Andrew Wilkinson. “They’re trying to play games with today’s democracy, and are stifling debate on another half-baked law they made up in order to hold another referendum in the future.”

The BC Liberals continue to bring forward concerns in the Legislature but the NDP keep shutting down debate.

“This is a message to British Columbians: this minority NDP government is trying to change the way we elect MLAs in order to stay in power,” said Wilkinson. “They don’t want us talking about this referendum or the next one they’re already planning, and they don’t want British Columbians learning the details about any of it.”

Wilkinson has challenged the Premier to a live, televised debate on the referendum which was designed in NDP political backrooms. Despite repeated attempts to make this happen, the Premier refuses to commit to a date.

“The NDP are counting on low interest, low awareness, and low turnout for this mail-in ballot,” said Wilkinson. “It’s crystal clear that this referendum has been rigged from the start, and the more British Columbians learn about it, the less likely they are to vote in favour of it.”

The NDP are playing fast and loose with the freedoms and democracy of British Columbians, and continue to hide critical details from the public. Wilkinson is urgently calling on John Horgan to commit to a date for a televised public debate.

“If this debate doesn’t happen within the next week, it will be too late for British Columbians to inform themselves on this critical issue,” said Wilkinson. “Horgan has had nearly a month to schedule this debate but has ragged the puck. It’s now or never John. What are you afraid of?”

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