|Mike de Jong, George Abbott, Moira Stilwell & Kevin Falcon line up at the mike - Bill Tieleman photo|
|CTV BC's Jim Beatty, left, and CBC Radio's Jeff Davies interview Gulzar Cheema - centre - at BC Liberal convention - Bill Tieleman photo|
The amendment to their rules requires a 2/3 majority to pass - and some prominent BC Liberals like ex-cabinet minister Gulzar Cheema say no way - one member-one vote is the only fair and democratic system.
But what other party decides the rules to pick a new leader and premier just 2 weeks before the vote? Pretty crazy in my view.
Besides that vote delegates will be watching to see if George Abbott and Christy Clark continue their blood feud in the leadership debate later in the afternoon.
I bet yes - Abbott and his people have decided that he has to knock Clark's support down and it's too late to back off now. Expect more fireworks today and in the next nasty two weeks.
Time for me to put on the Kevlar and wake up my bodyguards - it's BC Liberal showtime!
UPDATE - BC Liberal debate "plumping" - letting members vote for only 2 candidates for leadership - amendment to weighted vote.
Delegates split - only needs 50% + 1 to pass.
And it passes - 751 - 606.
Now it's Christy Clark vs Gulzeer Cheema over weighted vote.
UPDATE - Weighted vote passes by embarrassingly large margin - 1319 to 23!
Cheema and a few brave souls argue for OMOV but all leadership condensers speak in favour - game over.
I left before the tame debate started - only so much I can handle!
But I had pleasant - really - conversations with George Abbott, John van Dongen, John Les, Ida Chong and many other BC Liberals. More on all that later.
No illegal Kevlar needed!