first_imgBC’s campaign finance laws dominated headlines before the election began. The province allows unlimited corporate and union donations and the RCMP is investigating fundraising by the province’s political parties.After months of pressure, the Liberals committed to convening a panel to review political fundraising. The NDP and Greens have promised an outright ban on corporate and union donations.Votes still need to be countedThis isn’t over yet. According to Elections BC, there were more than 50,000 valid absentee ballots in the last provincial and it’s unclear how many there are this time around. Regardless, absentee ballots will be counted sometime between May 22nd and May 24th and that’s when a final tally will be officially released.If the results hold, the Green party would hold the balance of power in the Legislature with its historic three-seat victory.The ridings that need to be checked are Courtenay-Comox, where the BC NDP candidate won by only nine votes and Maple Ridge-Mission where there’s a difference of 120 votes. The NDP won one riding by only nine votes, making a recount a certainty that will determine the difference between a minority and majority if it were to flip to the Liberals.The campaign began four weeks ago with Liberal Leader Christy Clark and the NDP’s John Horgan locked in a tight race to be premier, and Green Leader Andrew Weaver hoping to build upon his one seat in the legislature.Several Liberal cabinet ministers lost seats in Metro Vancouver, including Attorney-General Suzanne Anton, Technology Minister Amrik Virk and Peter Fassbender, the minister responsible for TransLink.The Liberals were trying to win a fifth successive majority government after holding power for 16 years. There were plenty of smiles and laughter early on at Liberal headquarters as the party took an early lead, but the mood became tenser as the evening progressed and the NDP began to catch up.Inside the Green headquarters in Victoria, the room was filled with loud applause and cheering. At the outset of the campaign, Weaver made it his mission to expand his party’s presence in the legislature, saying that if he was the only Green elected, he wouldn’t run again.Christin Geall, who ran for the Greens in 2001, said she was “ecstatic.”“This is truly historic. I never believed it was possible even though I’d hoped.”Clark’s campaign strategy marked a return to the Liberals’ winning approach in 2013, when she promoted her party as the only one that could create and protect jobs while portraying the NDP as disastrous managers of the economy.While Clark’s promise of a booming liquefied natural gas industry has not materialized over the past four years, Clark was able to point to BC’s strong economy as proof of the Liberals’ financial savvy. The province has Canada’s lowest unemployment rate and has led the country in economic growth two years in a row.Horgan sought to portray Clark as out of touch with regular British Columbians who feel the economy is not working for them, while Weaver cast the Greens as political outsiders.The New Democrats’ platform contained big-ticket promises including $10-a-day childcare, freezing hydro rates for a year and eliminating tolls on two major Lower Mainland bridges.LISTEN: BC NDP Leader John Horgan’s full speechAudio Playerhttp://pmd.news1130.com/podcast/newsfeatures/20170510JohnHorganspeech.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – After a lot of back and forth, it appears British Columbia has its first minority government in 65 years with the Green Party holding the balance of power for the first time in Canadian history.This may drag on as a final count for #bclexn17 — including absentee ballots — doesn’t take place until May 22nd. #YourVote2017 #bcelxn17 pic.twitter.com/r4kzi0BIVD— NEWS 1130 (@NEWS1130) May 10, 2017With one seat left to be decided, the Liberals had won 42 seats and the NDP 41, with the Greens making a major breakthrough by picking up three seats in Tuesday’s provincial election. Regardless of the outcome of the last riding, no party would be able to win the 44 seats necessary to govern with a majority in the 87-seat legislature.LISTEN: BC Liberal Leader Christy Clark speaks to her supportersAudio Playerhttp://pmd.news1130.com/podcast/newsfeatures/20170510ChristyClarkspeech.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.center_img Weaver reminded voters that his party was the only one to ban corporate and union donations and his promises included electoral reform, increasing the carbon tax and investing millions in clean technology jobs.LISTEN: BC Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver addresses supportersAudio Playerhttp://pmd.news1130.com/podcast/newsfeatures/20170510AndrewWeaverspeech.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img

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