VICTORIA – The B.C. Liberal party lost more than a dozen seats in the provincial election Oct. 24.
During the election campaign, B.C. Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson spent a lot of time compensating for COVID-19 pandemic physical distancing rules by standing on top of trucks at small rallies.
The B.C. NDP won an historic majority government increasing its 41-seat minority into a 55-seat majority, according to preliminary results Saturday night, which didn’t include more than 500,000 mail-in ballots.
“B.C. has voted, and a majority has been called, but there are many many hundreds of thousands of votes yet to be counted,” said John Horgan at a victory rally in Vancouver.
“While we wait for that final count to happen, I want to assure people that I’m going to keep the focus right where it belongs, on helping people get through this pandemic and making sure that they have the services that they need. All British Columbians can sleep safely knowing that we’re going to do everything we can to keep them safe, healthy and secure.”
Metro Vancouver voters supported the NDP, with an orange wave that held or picked up battleground ridings in Vancouver, North Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond, Maple Ridge, Surrey and Coquitlam.
The NDP won the long-held Liberal ridings of North Vancouver-Seymour and Surrey-Cloverdale. The NDP was also leading in Vancouver-False Creek on Saturday night.
The NDP won in Liberal strongholds in the Fraser Valley in Langley and Chilliwack – ridings the NDP have never won.
Some riding results could change because more than 500,000 mail-in ballots won’t begin to be counted until Nov. 6.
–Photo B.C. Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson/Wikipedia