VANCOUVER: British Columbia will hold an election on Oct. 24, its premier said on Monday, making it the largest province in Canada so far to hold a vote during the coronavirus pandemic.
Premier John Horgan of the left-leaning New Democratic Party (NDP) said he wanted to ensure “stability” for the province as it responds to challenges presented by the pandemic.
“This pandemic will be with us for a long time and that’s why we need an election now. … I can’t imagine 12 more months of bickering, 12 more months of not knowing whether a bill is going to pass the legislature,” Horgan told reporters in Langford, B.C., a suburb of the provincial capital, Victoria
Horgan currently has a 69% approval rating, the highest of any premier in Canada, according to a survey published by Canadian pollster Angus Reid in late…