B.C. Liberals celebrate majority win, Christy Clark loses Point Grey battle

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Christy Clark greeted a crowd of cheering B.C. Liberal supporters Tuesday night, as the party celebrated a surprise majority win in the May 14 election.

“Well, that was easy,” Clark quipped to the packed ballroom at the Sheraton Wall Centre in downtown Vancouver as she began her speech.

But as the Liberal leader delivered her remarks, the voting results in her own constituency of Vancouver-Point Grey showed her in a tight race with the NDP’s David Eby. And at about 1 a.m., results from all 147 ballot boxes indicated Eby was ahead by 785 votes.

“We did it,” Eby tweeted at about 1:15 a.m. “Thank you team! Thank you Vancouver Point Grey!”

Clark did not speak to the Point Grey results during her speech, but told the crowd that the B.C. Liberals have “received a mandate”.

“Now, ladies and gentlemen, our work has just begun, because the work begins anew with this strong new team, with a renewed party, a renewed mandate, and the confidence of British Columbians to build this economy, to make sure that we live in the province that we all dreamed of for our children,” she stated.

The win for the Liberals Tuesday night came after polls throughout the election campaign placed the NDP with a strong lead over the governing Liberals.

Former Vancouver mayor Sam Sullivan, who was elected in Vancouver-False Creek, told reporters that he had “almost resigned that it was not going to be, that we couldn’t win”.

“I feel that somebody’s risen from the dead, and we now have new life, and a new mandate,” he said.

In total, the B.C. Liberals claimed 50 seats Tuesday, while the NDP won 33, according to preliminary voting results from Elections B.C.

Other newly-elected B.C. Liberals include former Vancouver city councillor Suzanne Anton in Vancouver-Fraserview and former B.C. Liberal party president Andrew Wilkinson in Vancouver-Quilchena.

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Lawrence

May 15, 2013 at 4:44am

Something doesnt sit right with the results of the BC election. With all that was at stake I question if the vote was tampered with.

Alan Layton

May 15, 2013 at 8:00am

No need for conspiracy theories. The low voter turnout is probably part of the reason the Liberals won. I think that too many people figured it was a done deal and were too lazy to vote. Those who were worried about an NDP win did come out and in high numbers. I think Ipsos-Reid is the big loser in all of this.

BC Votes

May 15, 2013 at 8:34am

Under our system of Government (Westminster) any majority is in fact a Dictatorship for the Government.

48% Voter turnout ensures the 1% remain in power via their Puppet Corporate Welfare Record Deficit Neo-Cons.

Any Voters who voted Green ensured that
(A) they split the left Vote and

(B) Ensuring the exact opposite of Environmental Safety happens

(c) The Green Voters have ensured Pipelines and increased Oil Tanker Traffic, is that what they Voted for?

The NDP and the left better learn to play hardball being nice and positive is nice but does not work.

The NDP & Dix should have attacked the lying Scambell Fib-erals about...

- BC Rail Scandal with the $6 Mill in Legal Fees with No Trial!

- $100 Billion in Debt for PPP Guaranteed Power Contracts to be paid for by us the 99% for the benefit of the 1% Private for Profit Corporations.

- The Record Deficits of the Neo-Cons Fib-erals. Strong Economy Secure Tomorrow my Ass!

Elections Voting should be held over the Weekends for the last Voting Day to increase Voter Turnout.

The majority of Voters never voted in this election any suggestions on how to mobilize Voters? How bad does it have to get?

Glen

May 15, 2013 at 8:34am

Fantastic results! The province will continue with a positive business forward attitude! It was spared the socialist hordes that were screaming at the gates: "Give me free everything!"

Xtina

May 15, 2013 at 8:36am

It's fitting that Ms. Clark won. Now she and her Liberals can get busy making us "debt-free".

NoLeftNutter

May 15, 2013 at 9:11am

Sorry Lawrence, no conspiracy here. The NDP tries to win power by convincing 40% of the population that they are entitled to a higher standard of living then they have earned. In this election the other 60% prevented the backroom socialist boy and girls from grabbing power and screwing up the Province.

NDB that bad

May 15, 2013 at 9:19am

As much as I hate the Liberals (and I really do), i hate the NDP more. I didnt vote because I couldnt in good conscience vote for either side. That said I think a lot of people feel the way I do but unlike me decided to vote hence the least worst choice winning. If Gordon Campbell lead the race Liberals would have lost for sure.

The NDB is just archaic, and lead by total losers. Seriously if they couldnt win an election under these conditions they will never win. I mean how much worse does their opponent have to be to win?

Im sure a lot of people here will cry foul being that the GS is a severe left leaning publications and attracts as such, but the fact is the NDB is just that bad. The Liberals are terrible, but the NDB is even worse.

Tami

May 15, 2013 at 9:32am

She will be Canadas PM eventually

theBrain

May 15, 2013 at 9:40am

Lawrence, what doesn't sit right, is that you lost. With the vote going 6 percentage points higher to the Liberals, it goes well beyond any vote tampering, and in fact looks like democracy.

April S

May 15, 2013 at 9:50am

I tend to agree with Lawrence, I was not ID'd at the door or when getting my ballot. I only said who I was... in reality I COULD have been anyone, hell I COULD have cast multiple votes and no one would know because no one checked. At least not at central heights in Abbotsford.
Another flaw the party I liked did... the local candidates were surprisingly quiet. Most people will not vote just for a name.. especially if they are mute.. the people want a voice, someone who speaks out for them.
I was extremely saddened with the poll turn outs as well.. seriously are people that lazy that they do not care about even having the tiniest of says in their own future???

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