The messy aftermath of a close election


The front of the Elections B.C. district electoral office for the riding of Vancouver-Quilchena, located in the Vancouver-Fairview riding.

The 41st British Columbia general election, held two days ago on May 9th, was a very close thing. Only the B.C. NDP’s razor-thin, nine-vote victory in the Vancouver Island riding of Courtenay-Comox  stands in the way of the incumbent B.C. Liberals forming their fifth straight majority government and  the Liberals have formally requested a recount of the Courtenay-Comox vote.

A party needs 44 seats in the B.C. Legislature to hold a majority. For the time being, the B.C. Liberals are one shy; having been elected to 43 seats, while the B.C. NDP hold 41 seats and the B.C. Green Party holds down 3 seats.

The absolute final results of the B.C. election will have to wait for the Courtenay-Comox recount as well, potentially, as the counting of absentee ballots—a…

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