If you think provincial politics in Saskatchewan can be interesting, it’s a REALLY interesting game in BC; always has been. I phoned my dad in Victoria yesterday and congratulated him for accurately predicting the results of Tuesday’s provincial election. He may be 95 but his mind is sharp and he is a news hound who watches and follows the political scene at home, across the country and the world. I won’t tell you what he thinks of Donald Trump but you can guess.
When he answered the phone my first words were, “So I hope you and mom voted and was it for Christy”? (My dad turned left in his dotage and votes NDP). He said I should go wash my mouth out with soap. He reminded me that right now BC looks to have a minority government but 44 seats are required for a majority and the Liberals are just one shy at 43. They lost one riding by only 9 votes and tight finishes often trigger a recount. Then there are the 176,000 absentee ballots that are yet to be counted. The NDP currently has 41 seats and the Green Party won 3, up 2 from the last election. So, for the moment the Greens hold the balance of power in the BC Legislature. In a couple of weeks when the dust has settled we’ll know whether the Liberals are set for another 4 years of majority rule or whether the province has a minority government with the Green Party holding the balance of power. If that’s the case, things might not be so bad west of the Rockies unless power goes to the Greens’ heads and nobody ends up agreeing on anything.