Northwest provincial Liberal party members joined a province-wide wave of support last weekend to change the way they’re going to vote for their next leader.
All 59 of the people who cast their votes at a session in Terrace approved of the change, reports Skeena provincial Liberal constituency association president Donny van Dyk.
Province wide, the tally was 1,319 for and just 23 people opposed.
“Weighted vote passes,” said van Dyk of the result.
The party’s next leader now won’t be chosen by the traditional method of one member/one vote.
Instead, each of the party’s constituency association’s will have 100 points that will then be divided up by how each candidate does in voting within each association.
It means one riding with several thousand members can’t overpower ridings, typically in the north and rural areas who have far fewer
Van Dyk called the result a sign that the provincial Liberals place as much value in the areas outside of the lower mainland as they do in the lower mainland.
“This speaks very much for how the party regards support from all areas – rural and northern BC,” he said.
Van Dyk said northwestern Liberals and ones elsewhere were taken aback by the result.
“It’s humongous. The scale is just huge,” he said.
Members will gather again February 26 to choose someone to replace Gordon Campbell.
The new leader will also become the next premier of BC because the Liberals form the majority in the provincial legislature.