Burnaby kids embrace NDP sweep in Student Vote

Cheryl Sanders
May 21, 2017

On the West Shore, the NDP showed their support remains strong, with party leader John Horgan racing to a huge victory over challengers Cathy Noel of the Liberals and Brendan Ralfs of the Greens - that despite spending very little time personally campaigning in his Langford-Juan de Fuca riding.

Hitting back at US plans to implement duties on Canadian softwood lumber, a key export for British Columbia, Clark said the Liberals would add a carbon levy on thermal coal exports from the province that would make them uneconomic. "So tonight is the beginning of something very different, and something which I think could be really exciting for the future of our province and for our kids".

Mr. Weaver said watching B.C. invest in old fossil-fuel technologies and miss opportunities to develop a sustainable and modern economy convinced him to pursue politics.

NDP leader John Horgan and BC Green Party leader Andrew Weaver also won their respective ridings.

Christy Clark, who has been asked by B.C.'s Lieutenant-Governor to continue as premier, hinted Wednesday that she would be willing to work more collaboratively with the other parties.

An unlikely but still possible scenario could see a coalition government of the NDP and Greens, the combination of which would have won in a dozen more ridings if not for vote splitting.


"My sense is whoever's premier would have to think pretty seriously about what the optics are if they were to deny the Green Party official party status", she said.

The final outcome of British Columbia's election will not be known until absentee ballots are counted.

Clark, 51, told supporters early Wednesday she intends to remain premier.

British Columbia's election hangs in the balance with thousands of votes still to be counted, kicking off weeks of speculation and backroom negotiations with the newly influential Green party.

Weaver made it clear on election night that electoral reform is his starting bid.

But Clark was somewhat contrite, acknowledging that her party had seen both its seat count and popular vote diminished, and that she may have to court the Greens' support.


Shortly before 1 a.m. Weaver, who won his seat in Oak Bay-Gordon Head handily addressed the crowd gathered in Victoria at the Delta Ocean Pointe Hotel.

However, it marks a rebuke for the governing party, who have been reduced from the 47 seats they held going into the election.

The Green Party and NDP share similar ideas in some areas, such as opposition to Kinder Morgan's pipeline and raising carbon taxes, Bloomberg reported.

The B.C. Liberal party has been in power for 16 years and is attempting to build on four straight majority governments by running on the party's record of economic growth and financial stability. When the election was called, the Liberals had 47 seats, the New Democrats 35, and there were three Independents, including Weaver.

But Clark's single most important priority - developing a liquefied natural gas industry - is a non-starter for Weaver, a former climate change scientist who has fought against LNG. Horgan accused her of being out of touch with average people on issues such as the cost of housing and inadequate education funding.

He also stuck to policy-driven messages during the campaign and criticized the NDP for pushing voters to reject the Greens to help them oust Ms. Clark's Liberals, saying it was a form of voter suppression.


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