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

May 25, 2017, 01:34
Final vote count due today in BC election; still no majority government

With a few thousand left to count, the margin between Liberals and the NDP now just over 1723 - of almost 2-millions votes cast - that's a 0.9 per cent difference.

The Liberals got over 50 per cent of the vote in 25 ridings, the NDP hit that mark in 23, while the Greens accomplished the feat once, in leader Andrew Weaver's riding of Oak Bay-Gordon Head.

Officials have counted slightly more than half the 2,077 absentee ballots in the riding.

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The B.C. Liberals finished after voting day just one seat shy of securing a majority government.

As the counting continued, several groups opposed to the Site C hydroelectric dam and the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion project called for a pact between the New Democrats and Greens, if the final results produce a minority government. Sharon Gregson, spokesperson for $10 a Day Child Care Campaign, said the two parties can together resolve a crisis in child-care affordability.

The popular vote gap between the Liberals and the NDP is also closing. That change, they argue, will only come about if the NDP and Green parties cooperate in achieving a progressive social agenda in provincial government. The Greens also want to reform the current first-past-the-post electoral system and want changes to B.C.'s campaign finance system that now allows large donations from corporations, unions and individuals.

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

However, that could all change today depending on the results of the absentee ballots in the riding of Courtenay-Comox. In that case, the Greens would have the power to prop up either the Liberals or NDP in a minority government. "We're in discussions. I'm going to leave it at that". Join forces to stop the silliness of a party with only three seats dictating major policies?

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).

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And in Coquitlam-Burke Mountain, Liberal candidate Joan Isaacs defeated NDP incumbent Jodie Wickens by 87 votes.

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