BC Liberals pull off stunning election win, Greens pick up first ever seat

| May 15, 2013
BC Liberals pull off stunning election win, Greens pick up first ever seat

The BC Liberals pulled off a stunning upset Tuesday, defeating the BC NDP to win a majority in the provincial election. As of this morning., the Liberals had won 50 seats to the NDP's 33.

One silver lining for the NDP is that Liberal leader Christy Clark was defeated in a close race by the NDP's David Eby, in the riding of Vancouver - Point Grey.

 Andrew Weaver made history by winning a lone seat for the Green Party in the Vancouver Island riding of Oak Bay-Gordon Head. Weaver becomes the first Green representative ever elected to the provincial legislature. One independent candidate, Vicki Huntington, won re-election in the riding of Delta South.

 This is the fourth straight majority government won by the BC Liberals, who have held power in B.C. Since 2001.

Adrian Dix, 49, won re-election in his Vancouver Kingsway riding. As for the question of party leadership, Dix said that his party would discuss the matter in caucus and reach a democratic decision.

Preliminary election results are available at the Elections BC website. Results, by party, are as follows: BC Liberals 44.40 per cent, NDP 39.49 per cent, Green Party 8.01 per cent, Conservative Party of BC 4.8 per cent. 

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There's a lesson to be learned. Dix wanted to be your friendly, next-door, nearly Liberal and lost - Mr. Incremental. On hand to go down with him were the NDP backroom boys, Brian Topp, etc. What works in Manitoba and Nova Scotia doesn't work in B.C. After all, why vote for the ersatz Liberal when you can get the real thing? By the way, Clark will lean on one of her MPPs and get them to step aside and win a byelection. The NDP caucus should lean on Dix and get him to go quietly into the dark night.

Let it be said that the NDP certainly would have done better and probably would have formed the government with Carole James as leader. There are many lessons to be learned from this, among them that nice-guy, low-bridge, good-news campaigns that don't stand for anything in particular don't work. Months of poll-driven hubris didn't help either. That said, this is not entirely bad news for New Democrats as the target provided by a B.C. NDP government inevitably would have been a ball and chain on Thomas Mulcair's leg as the next federal election approcahed.

Mulcaire has his own ball-and-chain. It's the NDP version of the Clarity Act with its insistence on giving Quebec the right to secede on a 50+1 majority. Some will argue that the Mulcaire version has terms that are harder to meet – perhaps. But it's those numbers that mesmerise. And what will the NDP leader do if the economy stays sluggish? His mentor, Jack Layton, turned up his nose at deficit financing for fear that would earn him the label of being a tax-and-spender. Well, what do you know, Harper turned the tables and did some pump priming of his own. A job creation program is a good idea. But Layton didn't want that because an activist federal government riles the Quebec nationalists the NDP courts. Mulcaire is no fan of an activist federal government either for the same reason. In short, Mulcaire may be a social democratic version of Stephen Harper when it comes to using the federal government to take on the problems that bedevil Canadians. So it's Mulcaire's conservatism that will hobble him not the now-vanished spectre of an NDP government on Canada's left coast.

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