British Columbia's partisan minority flexes its power

If the recent polls are to be believed, the people would likely prefer Christy Clark to be the next leader of the provincial Liberals and Mike Farnworth to be the next leader of the New Democrats. But the people don't rule the province's political parties. Only those who pay $10 to become a Liberal or New Democrat member will be able to participate in the parties' leadership races. Which means, as I pointed out last week, the results of those races will likely be dictated by less than two percent of the population. So it's possible that small minority will discount the will of the people, putting into power candidates many British Columbians would rather not see sitting in the premier's chair.

In that future, the people will head to the polls voting for the party with the leader they least dislike as opposed to the party with the leader they most like. It's another indication something is wrong with our political system - a system that continues to give more influence to special interests and ideologues than everyday British Columbia.

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We have a system that works as intended. The American system of primaries is not better or worse, just different. And primaries vary from state to state, as I'm sure you're aware, with some very odd iterations.

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