B.C. Liberals benefit from vote-splitting too

Getting elected with less than 50 per cent of vote not uncommon

Apparently Christie Clark and her Liberal government are entitled to all the so-called free-enterprise votes in this province.

Or at least we can assume they feel entitled to them by the way they go on about the NDP victory in the Chilliwack-Hope byelection being a result of a vote split, thanks to the mischievous B.C. Conservative Party siphoning their votes.

The assumption being, of course, that if it were not for the B.C. Conservatives in the byelection, all or at least most of those voting B.C. Conservative would have voted Liberal as opposed to staying home on voting day.

She and other Liberals can go on about the B.C. NDP winning government 1991 and in 1996 due to a split on the right, but all is fair in love and war.

I would like to point out that in the last B.C. election, four Liberal candidates were elected by vote splits: Ida Chong in Oak Bay-Gordon Head, Murray Coell in Saanich North and the Islands, Don McRae in Comox and Kash Heed in Vancouver-Fraserview. Furthermore, we could say that the B.C. Liberal government was re-elected in 2005 and 2009 due to vote splitting.

Last, but not least, Clark herself benefited from a vote split when she ran in the Vancouver-Point Grey byelection last year, securing a seat in the legislature with less than 50 per cent of the vote. Yet we hear nothing from her or any other Liberal about these vote splits.

It’s just the kind of hypocrisy I come to expect from the B.C. Liberals.

Andre Mollon

Langford

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