No One Losing Sleep Over BC Conservatives
Prince George, B.C. – The BC Conservative Party will choose their next leader at a convention in Prince George this weekend but it’s unlikely the B.C. Liberals or B.C. NDP are losing much sleep over it.
University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) political science lecturer Jason Morris describes the B.C. Conservatives as “more of a fringe party than a third party.”
“B.C. pretty much has a two-party system that’s ideologically polarized, the left wing BC NDP and right wing B.C. Liberals and these other parties just try to stay alive, literally.”
In fact, he says it’s been a long time since a third, or fringe party, has played much of a role politically.
“Perhaps since the mid-1990s with the Reform Party. And for the most part, B.C. has had a whole whack of fringe parties that haven’t been able to make a dent,” says Morris.
“The Green Party we could say has had more success lately than some of the more fringe, right wing parties in this province.”
Despite the long odds of such parties, he says they still play a role in this province.
“They can still have influence, they can still play a vital role in the democratic system by just being around,” says Morris.
“We often make fun of these fringe parties and sometimes use them to add a little levity or humour to politics, but often they’re still speaking for the voices of people in a province that don’t feel represented by the major parties.”
In the 2013 provincial election the party received less than 5% of the popular vote and won no seats in the legislature.