As the time is drawing near for the members of the BC Liberal party to decide who will be the next premier of the province, understanding how to become involved is an important message that president of the Columbia-River Revelstoke riding association, Doug Clovechok, feels residents need to understand.
Clovechok explained that before votes are slated to be cast on February 26 there is going to be an important vote that could balance out what a vote is worth on the night of the leadership decision.
“On February 12, 20 delegates from each riding will vote yea or nay for an amendment which would give each riding 100 points towards the leadership. It will take away the overweighted voting from the lower mainland and make all ridings equal,” Clovechok said.
He went on to say that this would be a major change for the party and that change is important at the present time in British Columbia.
“The party wants to come out and show that we are doing things differently,” he said.
He then went on to talk about the unique situation that all of the people in British Columbia have; the chance to take part on February 26.
He explained that residents who are a member of the BC Liberals will have the chance to vote not just for their riding but for the next premier of the province.
“This is different. You are directly voting for the next premier,” Clovechok said.
To vote you have to be a member of the BC Liberal party before February 5 and, if you vote, Clovechok made some suggestions to people on important things to remember.
He said that under the voting procedure people can rank all the candidates from one to five on the ballot.
“Voters should make the list of five just in case it goes to a second or third ballot. It is important not to just put in one.,” he said.
The Columbia River-Revelstoke Association has made the decision to support George Abbott in this race with their second choice being Kevin Falcon followed in third by Moira Stilwell according to Clovechok.
“We have done our homework and George Abbott is the guy who is going to do something for this province. The people in this province are looking for a change,” he said.