Premier John Horgan says he is disappointed with the results of the referendum on proportional representation, but respects the results.
British Columbians have voted 61.3 per cent in favour of keeping the first-past-the-post electoral system.
“British Columbians have now spoken and chosen to stick with the current voting system,” he said in a statement issued this afternoon. “This referendum was held because we believe that this decision needed to be up to people, not politicians. While many people, myself included, are disappointed in the outcome, we respect people’s decision.
“British Columbians are passionate about our democracy. I want to thank everyone who turned out to vote in such strong numbers and express my gratitude to Elections BC for its work running a fair referendum that engaged people throughout B.C.
“Since forming government, we have been working to make life better for people. We’ve already banned big money and introduced tough new restrictions on lobbyists to put people back at the centre of our politics. There’s a lot more work to do, and our government is going to keep working with our partners in the B.C. Green caucus to make government work for people in B.C.”