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It appears BC has its first minority government in 65 years

Last Updated May 10, 2017 at 1:08 am PDT

(Lasia Kretzel, NEWS 1130 Photo)
Summary

Historic night for the BC Green Party which ended the night with three seats

A majority is still possible if a tight riding on Vancouver Island flips from the NDP to the Liberals

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – After a lot of back and forth, it appears British Columbia has its first minority government in 65 years with the Green Party holding the balance of power for the first time in Canadian history.

With one seat left to be decided, the Liberals had won 42 seats and the NDP 41, with the Greens making a major breakthrough by picking up three seats in Tuesday’s provincial election. Regardless of the outcome of the last riding, no party would be able to win the 44 seats necessary to govern with a majority in the 87-seat legislature.

LISTEN: BC Liberal Leader Christy Clark speaks to her supporters

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The NDP won one riding by only nine votes, making a recount a certainty that will determine the difference between a minority and majority if it were to flip to the Liberals.

The campaign began four weeks ago with Liberal Leader Christy Clark and the NDP’s John Horgan locked in a tight race to be premier, and Green Leader Andrew Weaver hoping to build upon his one seat in the legislature.

Several Liberal cabinet ministers lost seats in Metro Vancouver, including Attorney-General Suzanne Anton, Technology Minister Amrik Virk and Peter Fassbender, the minister responsible for TransLink.

The Liberals were trying to win a fifth successive majority government after holding power for 16 years. There were plenty of smiles and laughter early on at Liberal headquarters as the party took an early lead, but the mood became tenser as the evening progressed and the NDP began to catch up.

Inside the Green headquarters in Victoria, the room was filled with loud applause and cheering. At the outset of the campaign, Weaver made it his mission to expand his party’s presence in the legislature, saying that if he was the only Green elected, he wouldn’t run again.

Christin Geall, who ran for the Greens in 2001, said she was “ecstatic.”

“This is truly historic. I never believed it was possible even though I’d hoped.”

Clark’s campaign 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.

While Clark’s promise of a booming liquefied natural gas industry has not materialized over the past four years, Clark was able to point to BC’s strong economy as proof of the Liberals’ financial savvy. The province has Canada’s lowest unemployment rate and has led the country in economic growth two years in a row.

Horgan sought to portray Clark as out of touch with regular British Columbians who feel the economy is not working for them, while Weaver cast the Greens as political outsiders.

The New Democrats’ platform contained big-ticket promises including $10-a-day childcare, freezing hydro rates for a year and eliminating tolls on two major Lower Mainland bridges.

LISTEN: BC NDP Leader John Horgan’s full speech

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Weaver reminded voters that his party was the only one to ban corporate and union donations and his promises included electoral reform, increasing the carbon tax and investing millions in clean technology jobs.

LISTEN: BC Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver addresses supporters

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BC’s campaign finance laws dominated headlines before the election began. The province allows unlimited corporate and union donations and the RCMP is investigating fundraising by the province’s political parties.

After months of pressure, the Liberals committed to convening a panel to review political fundraising. The NDP and Greens have promised an outright ban on corporate and union donations.

Votes still need to be counted

This isn’t over yet. According to Elections BC, there were more than 50,000 valid absentee ballots in the last provincial and it’s unclear how many there are this time around. Regardless, absentee ballots will be counted sometime between May 22nd and May 24th and that’s when a final tally will be officially released.

If the results hold, the Green party would hold the balance of power in the Legislature with its historic three-seat victory.

The ridings that need to be checked are Courtenay-Comox, where the BC NDP candidate won by only nine votes and Maple Ridge-Mission where there’s a difference of 120 votes.

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YOUR VOTE 2017: Results map, breakdown of every riding

Last Updated May 10, 2017 at 1:11 am PDT


BC NDP Leader John Horgan (L), BC Liberal Leader Christy Clark (C) and BC Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver (L). (Lasia Kretzel, NEWS 1130 Photo)
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Party leaders, candidates have been campaigning for 28 days

METRO VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – NEWS 1130 is your station for the most up to date results as British Columbians decide who will run the province for the next four years.

For 28 days, the party leaders and their candidates have been criss-crossing the province trying to woo your support and it comes down to this.

Get the latest on your riding by clicking on the ridings on the interactive, up-to-date BC Election map below.

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BEHIND THE SCENES: NEWS 1130 reporters on election night

Last Updated May 10, 2017 at 4:19 am PDT

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Follow our team of reporters in the field as BC decides who will run the province

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Following nearly a month of non-stop campaigning and photo ops, the leaders of the three main political parties in BC have nothing left in the tank.

Now, it’s your time to be heard.

Take a look below as our staff and team of experienced reporters fanned out across the Lower Mainland covering the issues that are important to you.

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PHOTO GALLERY: BC Election 2017

Last Updated May 9, 2017 at 11:18 pm PDT


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A behind the scenes look at the winners and losers on election night

METRO VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A look at the winners and losers on election night as a very tight race came right down to the wire as British Columbians decided the province’s fate for the next four years.

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BC Election fast facts

Last Updated May 9, 2017 at 6:25 pm PDT


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Find out when was the last time there was a minority government in BC

A couple of new ridings in the 2017 BC Election

METRO VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – People have been turning out in droves over the last few days to cast their ballot in the 41st General Election in BC. But, do you know everything the election? Take a look below.

FAST FACTS

  • Over 614,000 voters turned out to vote in the advanced polls in the weeks leading up to the election, up from 380,000 in 2013 when 20 per cent of voters cast their ballots in advanced polls.
  • Elections BC’s server became bogged down today with people looking for voting information. Staff used 2013 traffic as a template for how much bandwidth they needed this year. Extra capacity was added this morning.

Candidates who are not seeking re-election

BC Liberals
Bill Bennett, Kootenay East
Gordon Hogg, Surrey-White Rock
Terry Lake, Kamloops-North Thompson
Don McRae, Comox Valley
Moira Stilwell, Vancouver-Langara

BC NDP
Robin Austin, Skeena
Kathy Corrigan, Burnaby-Deer Lake
Sue Hammell, Surrey-Green Timbers
Maurine Karagianis, Esquimalt-Royal Roads
Norm Macdonald, Columbia River-Revelstoke
Bill Routley, Cowichan Valley
Jane Shin, Burnaby-Lougheed

Independent
Pat Pimm, Peace River North
Vicki Huntington, Delta South
(only two Independents in the Legislature at dissolution)

  • The writ dropped at the Legislature on April 11th
  • At dissolution, the Liberals held 47 seats, the NDP 35, and the Green Party one, plus two independents
  • There are 87 seats up for grabs
  • The last time there was a minority government in BC it was 1952
  • BC Liberals were elected to a majority in 2013 with 57.1 per cent voter turnout
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