EDITORIAL: BC Liberal breaking rank refreshing to see

Laurie Throness voted against a government bill this week. - .
Laurie Throness voted against a government bill this week.
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Politics in British Columbia is a divisive game.

If the BC Liberals say “black” the NDP will say “white.” If the NDP say “up” the BC Liberals will say “down.”

And just as you can be sure MLAs in the two main parties in Victoria will say the opposite of what the others say in just about every instance, you can also be sure they will vote along party lines in just about every instance.

So it’s refreshing to see, if in a bit of an odd example, one of our local MLAs breaking ranks with the party and voting against a government bill.

Chilliwack-Hope MLA Laurie Throness stood up in the Legislature this week to speak against the Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act, a bill that passed by a vote of 70 to four. Throness said he agrees with 157 out of 158 sections in the act. The one he doesn’t like is the amendment to the Vital Statistics Act to allow gender reassignment by way of a declaration.

He claimed his opposition wasn’t based on religion but on biology.

“A legislature does not have the capacity to change a man into a woman or a woman into a man,” he said, in part.

Agree or disagree with Throness on this one. But at least we see here that members of political parties aren’t robots and they can speak their mind.

We can only hope to see more diversity of opinion expressed in the voting record of the governing BC Liberals.

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