Final vote count due today in BC election; still no majority government

Frederick Owens
May 25, 2017

The latest ballot count shows the Liberal candidate taking the lead in a tightly contested British Columbia riding that could determine the outcome of the province's election.

Absentee ballots in the riding continue to be counted before final results are declared. "People across British Columbia have shown they are ready for politics to be done differently in this province", Weaver said."I think, in general, the high-profile policies in the Green platform are closer to the NDP but it's not clear that the leaders are so close, nor necessarily that their voters are", she said, noting that the popular narrative that the greens split the vote isn't supported by the results.

The Courtenay-Comox race, which may go down as one of the closest in provincial history, saw New Democrat Ronna-Rae Leonard narrowly defeat the Liberal candidate Jim Benninger by just 9 votes (10,058 to 10,049).

Coalitions between the Greens and the Liberals, or the Greens and the NDP are both possible, as is the chance of a coalition involving all three parties.

To find out more about the significance of this riding and the 2017 B.C. Election, read below. The minority government would fall if it loses a confidence vote on its budget, which was introduced and not passed before the election. Sharon Gregson, spokesperson for $10 a Day Child Care Campaign, said the two parties can together resolve a crisis in child-care affordability.

The standings on election night were: 43 Liberals, 41 New Democrats and three Greens.

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The expectations of the different groups who joined the rally at the Legislature calling for a Green-NDP alliance are broad.

"Where they stand now, it's a possibility there will be a judicial recount", said Elections BC spokesman Andrew Watson.

In Richmond-Queensborough, the Liberals lead shrunk to 101 from 116 over the NDP.

He called upon the two parties to form a coalition government to affect the genuine change he believes is wanted by the majority of the province. "We are in discussions".

Two other Metro Vancouver races remain undecided with margins of less than 600 votes each: Maple Ridge-Mission (NDP lead by 369) and Vancouver-False Creek (Liberals lead by 406).

In Coquitlam-Burke Mountain, the Liberal lead narrowed to 215 from 268.

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