Premier addresses leaders at UBCM conference

BC Premier John Horgan addressed BC community leaders at the end of the Union of BC Municipalities convention in Whistler Friday morning, and said that he's hoping to overhaul how provincial elections are handled.

“We have not had a minority government, like we have now, since the 1940’s," says Horgan. "There’s something fundamentally wrong with that – 40 percent of the vote should not mean 100 percent of the power.”

Horgan encouraged BC residents to vote in a mail-in referendum, which will be held from October 22nd to November 30th, to decide what kind of voting system should be used in provincial elections.

During his address, Horgan noted that the low vacancy rates across the province are hurting growth in several communities, and that his government is putting together a 30-point plan to try and crack down on the issue.

“I have my member from Vancouver West End, the most densely populated renter area in the province, doing a review of the rental market, so that we can have a better understanding of what the challenges are in the housing market,” says Horgan.

The Premier also touched on topics such as Indigenous reconciliation and firefighting efforts during the worst wildfire season in BC’s history, but made no mention of the NDP's proposed speculation tax, something that Kelowna mayor Colin Basran and West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlator have been strongly opposed to.