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B.C. is going to the polls during a pandemic. Why?

Last Updated Oct 1, 2020 at 9:34 am PDT

FILE - NDP Leader John Horgan makes an announcement regarding health services for British Columbians during a press conference in Victoria, B.C., on Monday September 28, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

In today’s Big Story podcast, September was a month for rising COVID-19 case counts in British Columbia. October will be a month for an election. Why now? That depends on who you ask. The NDP claim they need a mandate to govern more responsively during a pandemic. Their opponents say it’s a power grab because the NDP’s poll numbers are high.

What will British Columbians think? Will they punish the NDP for forcing them to the polls? Will they lock in a government they appear to approve of? And how do you run an election in a pandemic anyway? What will be different about this one, and how can other provinces learn from what happens in B.C. this October?

GUEST: Liza Yuzda, Legislative Reporter, News 1130

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