Final Count Complete
Victoria, B.C. – Elections BC has completed final count and there’s no change to the results released on election night May 9.
The BC Liberals have 43 seats, the NDP 41 and the BC Greens 3 (44 seats is needed for a majority).
The NDP ended up winning the closest race (after initial count) in Courtenay-Comox by 189 votes. The NDP were ahead by just nine votes prior to roughly 2,000 absentee ballots being added to the mix in that riding.
Elections BC says there will be no automatic judicial recounts because the difference between the top two candidates in all ridings was not less than 1/500 of the total ballots considered.
A voter, candidate or candidate’s representative can apply to the Supreme Court of British Columbia for a judicial recount on the basis that errors were made in the acceptance or rejection of certification envelopes or ballots, or on the basis that ballot accounts are not correct.
Applications for a judicial recount can be made up to six days after the conclusion of final count.
The final vote count shows how divided the province is with the BC Liberals collecting 796,672 votes to the NDP’s 795,106 votes – a difference of 1,566 votes (40 per cent each. The BC Greens got 332, 387 votes, or roughly 17 per cent).
Premier Christy Clark released the following statement on final count this afternoon:
“I want to congratulate all candidates, from all parties, who put their names forward to run. It’s not easy, and they deserve our gratitude for working to make our province even better.
“With 43 BC Liberals candidates elected as MLAs, and a plurality in the legislature, we have a responsibility to move forward and form a government.
“The final result reinforces that British Columbians want us to work together, across party lines, to get things done for them.
“Our priority is to protect our strong economy and to manage BC’s finances responsibly, while listening closely to British Columbians on how we address important social and environmental priorities and how we can make BC politics more responsive, transparent, and accountable.
“The work is just beginning. My team and I look forward to delivering positive results for British Columbians.”
NDP Leader John Horgan had this to say:
“British Columbians have voted overwhelmingly to replace Christy Clark’s Liberals with a new government that works better for families. They voted for better schools, shorter wait times for health services, to defend our coast and to fix our broken political system.
“The newly elected BC NDP team will be working hard every day to ensure British Columbians get a new government that works for them instead of just the wealthy and well-connected.”
No word yet on any formal coalition arrangements. It’s the first minority government in B.C. since 1952.