Experts reflect on British Columbia's reputation for political eccentricity

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VANCOUVER — It was a memorable way for British Columbia's female legislators to reprimand one of their male colleagues for his time-consuming political speeches.

The B.C. legislature was being televised live in 1996 when New Democrat Joy MacPhail sent a wind-up toy penis skittering across the desk of the forestry minister. A cross-partisan cohort of women legislators had decided to award the politician top honours as "dick of the year."

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