Well, it looks like the BC Liberal Party has just won another majority government. I personally thought that the race would be a little tighter, although I can’t say that I am surprised at the outcome overall.
What did surprise me, on the other hand, was the referendum on the Single Transferable Vote (STV). Whether or not you support STV, the campaigns for and against were lacklustre to the point of being invisible.
It’s not surprising that the dominant parties were pretty much silent on the issue – they would very much like STV to die a quiet death. Regardless of where you stand on this, it is disappointing that the public debate was not more pronounced. Many people weren’t even aware that there was a referendum!
Early reports suggest that voter turnout improved with this election, which would be good news indeed. As citizens, we have a responsibility to exercise our franchise. If nothing else, if you don’t earn the right to complain for the next four years if you don’t vote!
In other news, I have just signed up for Twitter, and have added the feed to the right hand side bar of this blog. I am also experimenting with posting to my blog by email for the first time – here goes nothing!
Postscript: I am completely disgusted. Despite a record turn out at the advance polls, less than 50% of eligible voters cast their ballots. And we have the nerve to lecture other countries on the democratic process!