Final election results confirm minority government

Derek Kilbourn

Sounder News

Wednesday, May 24 2017

On Wednesday, May 24, Elections BC released the final numbers for the 2017 BC Election. 

With all the absentee votes sent in, and a recount done in Courtenay-Comox, the minority government remains, with the BC Liberals holding 43 seats, the BC NDP holding 41, and the BC Greens holding three.

As of press time it remained to be seen whether the BC Liberals would further challenge the results of the Courtenay-Comox riding, which saw NDP candidate Ronna-Rae Leonard win by 189 votes over BC Liberal candidate Jim Benninger.

The Liberals have the first chance at forming government, but must gain the confidence of the other two parties to do so.

In the Nanaimo-North Cowichan riding, incumbent MLA Doug Routley increased his win over the other candidates.

The final results were:

Alana DeLong (BC Liberals): 7,380

P. Anna Paddon (Independent): 274

Doug Routley (BC NDP): 12,275

Lia Versaevel (BC Green): 6,244

Elections BC were contacted to request the voting results for the Gabriola polls, to see how the island itself voted.

Melanie Hull, Communications Coordinator for Elections BC said that information was not available current, but that she expected it would released by the end of June.

All three of the party leaders issued statements after the final election results were released.

Andrew Weaver, leader of the B.C. Green Party said, “The B.C. Green caucus is committed to ensuring that British Columbians will have a stable minority government. With this historic result, British Columbia can finally put the ineffective two-party system behind us. It has led to a divisive legislature that primarily benefits special interests. This is an incredible opportunity for B.C.’s political leaders to put partisan differences aside and work for the common good. I look forward to working with both other parties so that we can finally get big money out of politics, move towards electoral reform and implement good public policy on a wide range of issues that puts people first.”

BC NDP Leader John Horgan said, “British Columbians have voted overwhelmingly to replace Christy Clark’s Liberals with a new government that works better for families. They voted for better schools, shorter wait times for health services, to defend our coast and to fix our broken political system. The newly elected BC NDP team will be working hard every day to ensure British Columbians get a new government that works for them instead of just the wealthy and well-connected.”

Premier Christy Clark said with 43 BC Liberal candidates elected as MLA, she took that as having a responsibility to form government.

“The final result reinforces that British Columbians want us to work together, across party lines, to get things done for them. Our priority is to protect our strong economy and to manage BC’s finances responsibly, while listening closely to British Columbians on how we address important social and environmental priorities and how we can make BC politics more responsive, transparent, and accountable.”