Friday, January 13, 2023

Canada: Petitions approved against British Columbia Premier

Petitions have been approved against British Columbia Premier David Eby, an NDP MLA, over the passage of a Health Professions and Occupations Act. Petitioners would have to get 16449 signatures to get on the ballot. If this is met, the position is declared vacant and a by-election is held (UK has a similar provision). The petitioner has called Eby a dictator and claimed that he violated the Nuremberg code. 

No recall has gotten to the ballot in BC history.

Previous articles have noted that this would be the 28th recall petition taken out since 1995, though there have been no recall elections held. Only six have been turned in with signatures. Five failed to get enough signatures, and the MLA resigned during the verification process in the sixth. Notably, two petitions were taken out against former BC Liberal Premier Gordon Campbell (in 1998 and 2003), who represented the same Vancouver-Point Grey district as Eby. Petitions were not handed in for either.

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