In some respects, the muncipal elections across Metro Vancouver were a dress rehearsal for the big show: the provincial election of May, 2009.
Here are my calculations:
* Bad news for the B.C. Liberals in Vancouver. The NDP farm team, Vision Vancouver, won a landslide victory. The NDP could be in a position to take Vancouver-Fairview (represented by Wally Oppal) and possibly Vancouver Point-Grey (Premier Gordon Campbell's constituency) in 2009.
* Bad news for the B.C. Liberals in Burnaby, where the NDP farm team, the Burnaby Citizens Association, won a landslide victory, capturing every seat on council. The NDP is in a position to win Burnaby North, Burquitlam, and possibly Burnaby-Willingdon in the next provincial election.
* Bad news for the B.C. Liberals in New Westminster, where candidates recommended by the New Westminster and District Labour Council fared extremely well. This municipal election showed that NDP MLA Chuck Puchmayr has one of the safest seats in the province.
* Bad news for the NDP in the northeast sector. Former B.C. Liberal MLA Richard Stewart was elected mayor in Coquitlam, and former B.C. Liberal candidate Greg Moore was elected mayor in Port Coquitlam. NDP MLA Michael Sather was trounced by right-wing councillor Ernie Daykin in the Maple Ridge mayoral race. This is not good news for Port Coquitlam-Burke Mountain NDP MLA Mike Farnworth, Coquitlam-Maillardville NDP MLA Diane Thorne, and, of course, Sather, who is the NDP MLA for Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows.
* Langley Township elected a new mayor. Incumbent Kurt Alberts, the preferred candidate of B.C. Liberal cabinet minister Rich Coleman, went down to defeat in Langley Township. Bad news for the B.C. Liberals, but it's hard to imagine the NDP winning a seat in B.C.'s Bible Belt.
* The victory of Delta mayor Lois Jackson is good news for Delta-North NDP MLA Guy Gentner, who might be wondering about his political future after the party came third in the recent federal election in Newton-North Delta. Gentner has been a fan of Jackson, who hails from North Delta.
* Bad news for the NDP in Surrey, where it holds four seats. The left-wing Surrey Civic Coalition was soundly defeated by Mayor Dianne Watts's Surrey First group. SCC's Bob Bose is back on council, as is Judy Villeneuve, a Surrey Firster who has had ties to the NDP. The left is probably feeling pretty demoralized tonight in B.C.'s second-largest city.