Liberals win tight poll in Canada's British Columbia, lose majority

I'm sure the folks lined up behind the likes of the poison pen letter writing Sawchuks in this area will be happy to retain their thumbs over anyone who dares to think differently than them.

This teeth gnashing over the results might yet be moot if the official results give the Liberals a clear majority.

The NDP campaign stepped up its attack on the Greens in the final days, warning voters that the NDP is the only party that could end the B.C. Liberal dynasty.

Kathryn Harrison, also a political science professor at UBC, said the Greens must weigh the risks of either choice but the Liberals may wait to do any negotiating until the final ballot count is released, which must happen by May 24.

The NDP won one riding by only nine votes, making a recount a certainty that will determine the difference between a minority and an ultra-thin majority if it were to flip to the Liberals. They knew this was an NDP riding and once they realized Sonia Furstenau was a Green Party person, they huddled in their offices and chose to pull the plug on the dirty soil, knowing full well when the election came the people who were in that fight would vote for her on that one thing alone, and they did.

As I write this on Wednesday afternoon, news coverage has already become more nuanced. Also that year, preliminary results put Liberal Wally Oppal ahead by three votes in Delta South before the final count revealed Independent Vicki Huntington had won.

They also criticized the Liberals for cutting employer premiums and worker benefits and for not raising the province's share of funding for infrastructure projects.

"Constitutionally, the federal government might have the upper hand. but the B.C. government could force significant delays", he said. "Winning? I would be more inclined to say that nobody has really won anything at this point yet". It'd be natural for us to follow up today by telling you what the election result means for these issues, but we're not going to do that. Why?

Still, at least in such circumstances Alberta Dippers shared a language and tradition with their B.C. brethren, as well as many friendships and common goals that might have made compromise on oil exports possible.

In the Vancouver Island riding of Courtenay-Comox, for example, a 27,075 voter turnout ended with the Liberals losing the seat to the NDP by a grand total of seven ballots. We've seen NDP leader John Horgan decline to accept defeat with carefully crafted messaging.

"We view a minority government outcome as one of the most challenging potential outcomes for the Canadian energy sector", they wrote.

"Those three are all new and the BC Liberals have done a good job of attracting new candidates", he said. There's pressure to publish, fill the news hole, feed the beast.

Kevin Falcon, the finance minister for Premier Christy Clark in 2011 and 2012, said his former party lost considerable urban ground to the NDP because ethical issues chipped away at their credibility, and because of the lengthy political dispute over funding Lower Mainland transit projects. These stories assume that those voters would support the NDP.

Horgan did an wonderful job despite being discounted by many media and commentators, bringing the BC NDP tantalizingly close to a majority government and leaving him still on the brink of possibly becoming premier.

So far the BC Liberals have stacked up about 40.9. per cent of the popular vote, to 39.9 per cent for the NDP and 16.6 per cent for the Greens.

Falcon said campaign finance reform "should have been done a long time ago". "That's the back and forth discussions that we would have had".

  • Julie Sanders