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.