Yesterday, British Columbia Democratic Alliance leader Tom Morino announced his party was merging with three others to form the British Columbia Democratic Coalition (whose logo bears a strong resemblance to four intertwined Celtic pretzels). In a news release, the party claims "active negotiations are underway (to unite) with two other political parties, and preliminary discussions had (sic) been conducted with others." Leaving aside the issue of whether anyone actually cares whether the United Oak Bay Nosepickers' Club joins the coalition, Public Eye is left wondering just how many parties British Columbia actually has.
Well, here's the answer: according to a recent report released by Elections British Columbia our province has 42. By comparison, Alberta has the next largest number at 12. And most provinces have less than half of that. Which means, if Mr. Moronio really wanted to, virtually all of his time between now and the election could be spent uniting fringe partiies. But we're not sure that would be much of a vote-getter.