This latest BC electoral reform referendum was supposed to give voters the clear choice between the status quo and change. As one who campaigned vigorously for the ‘ No’ side, I really thought that democracy and First Pass the Post was in grave enough peril to spend a lot of time anguishing over its outcome. My understanding of Proportional Representation and its three options were so convolutedly worded on the framed question that I wondered how it could ever pass muster, but still I worried. Everyone I talked to here in Victoria seemed to hold the same opinion, but still there was that nagging feeling that the younger voter would turn the tide for what the Greens and NDP were promoting as a fairer and more engaging enfranchisement. Well, the results finally came in last night and it wasn’t even close: 61% in favor of keeping a voting method that respects the principle of one person, one vote, and produces conclusively clear results. Like Andrew Wilkinson, leader of the BC Liberals and a key proponent of FPTP, I, too, am miffed that there was ever a need for this vote in the first place, given its resounding defeat. Hopefully, Horgan and Weaver will be held accountable for wasting over $14 million of taxpayer’s money on a useless gambit. At least Weaver and the Greens didn’t stand to gain eight extra seats in the legislature. As to the next election, I can see many of those disaffected Liberals returning to the fold now that the memory of Christy Clark fades.