It looks like it will be a minority government in BC for a while. The Liberals got one short of the required 44-seat minimum. The Greens, who in a minority government hold the balance of power, enjoyed a breakthrough of a 300% growth, growing from one to three seats. Four seats are required to have official party status. And the NDP received 41. John Horgan, the MLA of Langford/Juan de Fuca (including Sooke region) enjoyed a strong win in his riding.
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Some ridings were incredibly close, and there will be recounts. In Courtenay-Comox, NDP candidate Ronna-Rae Leonard is the declared winner, taking the riding from the B.C. Liberals by a margin of just nine votes. This riding will be recounted. Also, the absentee votes are still to be counted.
It would appear that every vote does matter.
BC Liberal minority with Green balance of power.
Comox decided by 9 VOTES! Still believe your vote doesn’t count?https://t.co/s7lh9hgK7J
— The Zone @ 91-3 (@TheZone913) May 10, 2017
The final “definite date” is May 24, when the official announcement will be made.
The popular vote distribution was as follows:
- Liberals: 40.84%
- NDP: 39.86%
- Greens: 16.75%
- Libertarian: 0.40%
- Other: 2.15%
BC has not had a minimum government since the 1952. Minimum governments usually last about 18 months in Canada, and with a non-confidence vote, and election is triggered.
Advanced Voting Statistics
According to Elections BC, almost one quarter of registered voters in the Langford/Juan de Fuca riding (24.3%) voted in the advanced polls. Of 39,176 total registered voters in this riding, 9,522 had voted.
Throughout BC, the number was somewhat lower but still impressive. Of 3,156,991 registered voters, 614,389 (or 19.46%) voted in the advanced polls. In the last provincial election (2013), 380,741 voted in the advanced polls.
Live Twitter Streaming
Here’s how people are responding to the election results on Twitter.