Provincial Election Shows ‘Urban-Rural Divide’
Prince George, B.C. – If last night’s provincial election result in British Columbia showed us anything it’s that the province is more divided than ever by geography.
Except for a handful of ridings – the BC NDP picked up most its seats in Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island while the BC Liberals had varied success in the Lower Mainland but were very strong in northern, B.C.
“It seems we have a clear urban-rural divide in our province that will be a learning curve for governing,” says Jason Morris, political science lecturer at UNBC. “And it seems that we will have to have a lot more discussion and collaboration in the legislature to effectively govern the province.”
And considering how close the election was, he says it was “effectively decided by those that didn’t bother to come out to vote.”
“It seems like every riding, every vote, matters this time around. There’s no requirement that British Columbians have to vote, but certainly it seems in the election much more people could have been engaged.”
As for Morris’ thoughts on what appears to be a minority government?
“British Columbians won’t have much lived experience of the challenges of minority parliaments in which often nothing gets done,” he says.
“As well, they tend to be less stable in terms of the length of term for a government. British Columbians could beef up on parliamentary procedure and as well it brings up the whole role of the formal executive that gets to have a say on who is in charge.”