BC Greens break through, capture three seats

The Liberals won 43 seats and the NDP 41, with the Greens making a major breakthrough by picking up three seats in Tuesday's provincial election. The Liberals only need one more seat for a majority.

"In Courtenay-Comox, the greens made big gains and the NDP Lost, and yet the NDP winds up there in a virtual tie with the Liberals who really collapsed in that riding", Cameron says.

That vote will be destined for a recount, and could be vulnerable to absentee ballots that won't be counted for almost two weeks, between May 22 and 24.

"We watched a video on all [of the parties'] platforms and learned a little bit, and wrote pros and cons to all of them, so we could all decide which one works best for us personally", explained Sarah Illes, one of Martin's students.

Asked several times Wednesday if she accepts personal responsibility for the Liberals' showing, Clark avoided a direct answer.

"Well, some things only happen in British Columbia".

While Horgan said it's clear British Columbians want change after 16 years under the Liberals, Clark said she reads the result as a plea to the parties to work together.

Liberal cabinet ministers who were defeated Tuesday included Peter Fassbender in Surrey-Fleetwood, Suzanne Anton in Vancouver-Fraserview, Amrik Virk in Surrey-Guildford and Naomi Yamamoto in North Vancouver-Lonsdale.

"If the Greens with their three seats hold the balance of power, it will be very interesting to see what they do".

"We both believe that the disparity between those who have and those who haven't clearly has got out of control", Weaver said. But Horgan would not make a commitment to working with the Green leader in a minority government.

With recounts expected in some ridings and absentee ballots not counted for two weeks, there is still a possibility that the final outcome could change.

"Under the leadership of Andrew Weaver, the B.C. Greens have become a legitimate political force, one which can lead British Columbia towards a progressive, sustainable economy". The NDP has promised to ban the donations, while the Liberals have said they'll convene a review panel.

If the NDP had Green support to form a government it could possibly order more environmental or health assessments on the pipeline which would postpone the start of construction.

"It's easier to imagine a deal between the Greens and the NDP - not personality wise, but on substance".

New Democrat Leader John Horgan voted at an advance poll.

"This is what we do know: a majority of British Columbians voted for a new government".

Her government has banned workplace requirements that require women to wear high heels, a move credited to Weaver's initiative. In the B.C. election, a party needed 44 out of 87 seats to win a majority mandate.

"They have some videos on what democracy is, why it's important to vote, the government structure of Canada and of B.C. and then they also had sort of a good run-through of what each of the parties is looking for, each of the leaders and their standpoints on housing, education, health care, transportation and the environment", explained Martin.

  • Leroy Wright