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COMMENTARY · 15th May 2013
Merv Ritchie
It was a stunning awakening for BC after the votes were counted. The entire Northwest stood in strength against economy over environment and the voters in Point Grey punished the Liberal Leader for her mistruths. The Liberal party of BC will begin a new term with a majority without a leader and the North will sit in opposition again struggling to protect the land and water for future generations.

In fact the entire coast of BC except for 1 Liberal Constituency - Comox - elected candidates who stood against tanker traffic and increased oil exports, which would threaten the coastal environment. This included the first ever elected, in BC politics, a green candidate in Victoria - Oak Bay-Gordon Head, Andrew Weaver.

The weeks and months will tell how things will work out but the first order of the day will be to find a Liberal who will fall on his or her sword to resign their seat so the Liberal Party Leader, Christy Clark, can run again, to be able to attend the legislature.

Adrian Dix will also likely be looking for a new job as his performance will the obvious target for all those NDP party members who will need to find someone to blame for the stunning failure of the NDP to win what everyone deemed a certainty, a landslide victory.
Colour map produced by the Globe and Mail showing the coast and islands of BC solidly electing NDP representation.
Colour map produced by the Globe and Mail showing the coast and islands of BC solidly electing NDP representation.
Was it an honest election?
Comment by Joe on 23rd May 2013
All the polls pointed to a win and the vast majority of commenters on pretty much every site were in support of the NDP. Ergo, it is doubtful that it was a fair election - somebody somewhere found a way to rig it.
Comment by richard on 16th May 2013
let them run that pipeline over liberal territories ,down to southern bc. that way they can destroy , there own water resources they rely on. we`ll sell them the water, seems people are will ing to pay $ 1.69 for 710 mm crazy baby , just crazy
Comment by Jim on 15th May 2013
You are right but even though the liberal leader lost her own seat it was still a stunning victory for the liberalsbeyond all predictions but to say that the entire northwest stood against the economy over environmental issues
isn't true with Robin Auston barely being able to hang on to his own seat, to me it shows voters here and in the rest of B.C think the ecomomy is a big issue and want to see the huge investments in oil and gas move forward here in the northwest to benifit the area and all of BC. I know it sure affected how I voted.
363 difference
Comment by Lynda Rocha on 15th May 2013
I would not call this 'strength'. Small difference between the two top candidates. Mr. Austin will now take off his rose colored glasses and realize that he may of had his cake but there is a huge piece bitten from it. First time in a few elections that the Liberals won polls over the NDP in Kitimat. Congratulations to all the candidates who took the time to run and to their families as well as I can only assume the stress it has on them.