On Thursday night, Premier John Horgan and Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson took part in a very heated debate discussing the electoral reform.
At this point, most British Columbians have received a ballot for the Fall 2018 referendum. In several weeks, the province will tally the votes and decide whether BC keeps its current First Past the Post (FPTP) voting system, or transitions to a form of proportional representation (PR).
Among the heated debate between the two leaders, the strongest point of the night was made by the Premier, who told his opponent that “if you were woke, you’d know that Pro Rep is lit.”
Yes, he really said that.
And… he’s standing by it. On Friday morning, Horgan took to Twitter to declare: “I stand by my statement” and shared the hashtag #prorepislit.
“With the #PropRep voting system, people know that their vote will count. 40% of the votes, 40% of the seats. That means people have to work together. If you were woke, you’d know that pro-rep is lit.” Premier @jjhorgan 😎#PRDebate #PR4BC #prorepislit #bcpoli #StayWoke pic.twitter.com/osXK3I5tpm
— Mahdiyar 🇨🇦🇮🇷 (@Mahdiyar_Biazi) November 9, 2018
Here are some of the best reactions the internet had after hearing Horgan go full dad-mode.
— Taran Parmar (@Tarankparmar) November 9, 2018
@jjhorgan thinks he is a Rapper 😂😂
— Ron Polly (@RonPolly) November 9, 2018
Now @jjhorgan is talking like a teenager at middle school. John they are not old enough to vote. Wake up!
— Paul D Ryan (@79Pdr) November 9, 2018
— Cass (@itsCass) November 9, 2018
— Ken Chan (@iamkennethchan) November 9, 2018
I’m sorry, did you just say something is ‘lit’? Please no. Just no. No no no no no.
— Amy (@jimmychooamy) November 9, 2018
— Joel Jacobs (@airholejoel) November 9, 2018
I still think that the #ProRepIsLit comment is hilarious. Cringe-Worthy, perhaps, but I’ll take that over that stodgy Wilksinson any day.
— 🇨🇦 Barb aka Kelownagurl (@kelownagurl) November 9, 2018
— Kathleen Yang (@kathleen__yang) November 9, 2018
John, I actually think you’re pretty cool. But stop it. Stop that hashtag immediately.
— Gavin McCormick (@manofsnowyriver) November 9, 2018
“People don’t know the outcome”. That’s a quote from you John. Lol. And please stop saying “lit”. It’s not working for you.
— All thy sons command (@kfod588) November 9, 2018
— Allan Fong (@TweetMeAllan) November 9, 2018
— This is Chris 🇨🇦 (@Crispius) November 9, 2018
Struck by the number of BC Liberals on Twitter last night criticizing the Premier for using different words in order to reach a broad variety of people about #prorep. Pretty sure that’s what a good communicator/politician is supposed to do #prorepislit and/or hip
— Paula Gunn (@PGunn2017) November 9, 2018
— Shannon Waters (@sobittersosweet) November 9, 2018
John Horgan is a walking dad joke and I fucking love it #bcpoli
— Drew (@JustRollinOn86) November 9, 2018
— Teale Phelps Bondaroff (@TealePB) November 9, 2018
— Cheryl W.👩🔬 (@VoteYesProRep) November 9, 2018
— Twink 182 (@nbnysh) November 6, 2018
— Sonia Theroux (@soniatheroux) November 9, 2018
I stand by my statement. #ProRepIsLit.
Proportional representation means exactly what it says: 40% of the votes = 40% of the seats.
Governments elected under pro rep do what so many of us do every day. They work together to get things done. #bcpoli
— John Horgan (@jjhorgan) November 9, 2018