Christy Clark's narrow victory sows the seeds of trouble for the B.C. Liberals
It will never be called a landslide, but Christy Clark did enough to win the B.C. Liberal leadership race.
However, problems around the vote could make things tougher for Clark in the future.
Yesterday, second-place finisher Kevin Falcon said many party members were frustrated because they didn't get personal-identification numbers in time for the vote.
Because Canada Post didn't get the ID numbers to possibly thousands of members Clark's victory is somewhat tainted. The B.C. Liberals have reported that 62.4 percent of members voted.
Clark offered an olive branch to Falcon in her speech following the results.
"First, my thanks to Kevin Falcon," Clark said. "Kevin, we have known each other for 25 years or something. I have always admired you."
Falcon was supported by 11 cabinet ministers and by many people who run large businesses in the province.
If Clark runs into trouble in the polls, some of those cabinet ministers and big business owners might get a little restless.
Another politician who won a party leadership without the support of big business and the cabinet, former premier Bill Vander Zalm, said during the campaign that Clark will face dissension after winning the race.
Vander Zalm didn't last long enough in office to run for reelection after running into trouble over the sale of his property, Fantasy Gardens, to a Taiwanese businessman who was also interested in obtaining a provincial licence to operate a trust company.