BC 2017 Election results, minority government a strong possibility

The unofficial Elections BC numbers have the Liberals elected in 43 ridings, the NDP elected in 41 ridings with the Green Party holding the balance of power with three of its members elected.

Adam Olsen, the party's deputy leader beat out NDP incumbent Gary Holman and the BC Liberals' Stephen Roberts in a three-way rematch of the 2013 election in Saanich North and the Islands.

There are some ridings where a re-count will occur, including Courtenay-Comox where the NDP won by just nine votes over the Liberals.

The NDP did better than expected in greater Vancouver, which has historically been the linchpin for the Liberals, but it has also given away some of its own seats to Christy Clark's party, jeopardizing its chances of securing a majority.

"What a historic day for British Columbia", he said.

The party has won a seat in Fraserview, where NDP candidate George Chow knocked out former justice minister Suzanne Anton.

"I'm very happy, and I'm very grateful to this room full of people, many of whom have been working on this campaign with me for six months", said Furstenau, who is known for leading the fight against a controversial contaminated soil dump in her community of Shawnigan Lake.

"None of the other two parties share anything in common with us", she said.

Clark's strategy marked a return to the Liberals' winning approach in 2013, when she promoted her party as the only one that could create and protect jobs while portraying the NDP as disastrous managers of the economy.

Why has Vancouver Island been such a traditional NDP stronghold?

The Grade 11 students, who will be eligible to vote in the next provincial election, also learned about what to expect when they head to the polls for the real thing.

"Mostly, I've been interested in what would happen provincially", he said.

Lyle said in retrospect, he feels NDP leader John Horgan's campaign slogan "This isn't as good as it gets" resonated with Lower Mainland voters in particular while the Liberal leader Christy Clark ran on a message of being a fiscal success running government so vote for them again failed to excite those same voters. The BC Liberals oppose them all.

"British Columbians voted today to get big money out of politics", Horgan said.

Negative ads and attacks between the NDP and the Liberals over political fundraising laws that place no limits on corporate and union donations have also been a prime part of the political debate.

Forty-four is the magic number for a majority government, still a possibility for the BC Liberals.

One of Clark's surprise moves during the campaign was to pledge to ban or tax out of viability USA thermal coal exports through B.C. ports in retaliation for US duties on softwood lumber.

  • Leroy Wright