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castanet.net 12 May, 2022 23:00 am

B.C. Premier John Horgan broke the law with 2020’s snap election: lawyer

B.C. Premier John Horgan broke the law with 2020’s snap election: lawyer
A judge should find Premier John Horgan and Lt-Gov. Janet Austin broke B.C.’s fixed election date law when Horgan called a snap election in 2020, according to a lawyer for Democracy Watch and the founder of Integrity BC.

’s fixed election date law when Horgan called a snap election in 2020, according to a lawyer for Democracy Watch and the founder of Integrity BC.21, 2020, dissolution of the legislature contravened the Constitution Act’s fixed election date clause.” The BC NDP came to power with the support of the BC Green Party in July 2017, after their May 2017 confidence and supply agreement that was supposed to last four years or until the next fixed election.Democracy Watch and Crookes are also seeking a federal judge’s declaration that Trudeau broke the federal fixed election date law.

“While it leaves some room for elections to occur outside of that fixed schedule, it does not permit a snap election call while the government holds the confidence of the House and in the midst of a provincial state of emergency and a global pandemic,” MacKinnon said.“The purpose of the amendment was to prevent premiers from using the timing of elections to gain political advantage,” MacKinnon said.

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