Editorial: Last chance to vote

With the options available for voting early in BC, it’s possible fewer than half of the ballots will be cast tomorrow on general election day.

Nearly 800,000 ballots have already been cast via advance polls or the mail-in option, and nearly 400,000 mail-in votes could still be on their way to Elections BC, based on the 725,000 requested from residents (more than 300,000 have already been returned). Around 500,000 votes were cast at advance polls.

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Just under two million votes were cast in the 2017 provincial election, with the majority going to the three main provincial parties: Greens (16.83 per cent); Liberals (40.37 per cent); and NDP (40.29 per cent).

Those same three parties are the frontrunners again, and one of them will form the next provincial government. The only questions are whether it will be a majority or a minority, and when we will know. The final outcome might have to wait for all mail-in ballots to be counted, which will begin November 6. 

Regardless of the outcome, all tax dollars will be spent by the party that gains power, and then some.

Platforms and promises by the Greens, Liberals and NDP all have one thing in common, they require more money than the government will have to spend, not that it seems to matter to anyone in the pandemic world.

Borrow from the future and pay it back later, or not. Balanced budget? What’s that?

All your hard-earned dollars will be spent. It’s just a matter of who decides where those dollars go. Perhaps fewer than half of those who vote this year still have to make a decision. We’ll find out the result eventually, provincially and for the Powell River-Sunshine Coast riding, but patience will be required.

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