Public Eye readers - astute and otherwise - will be aware that, last week, provincial MLAs (both New Democrat and Liberal) approved a bill that will increase their base salary by 15 percent and boost the special allowances awarded to executive council members and caucus officers. But that bill may have one other unintended consequence: three years from now, when British Columbians vote again on electoral reform, this porkbarreling will have made more of them "dissillusioned with the system. And they may think any change may be better. It does not make me happy. But that may be the result," said pundit David Schreck - who advocated against the single-transferrable vote system during the last election.
November 20, 2005