Weeks of uncertainty followed the May 9, 2017 provincial election in British Columbia. The final results were the closest on record. In the entire province the governing Liberal party earned only 1,566 more votes than the official opposition New Democratic Party. Neither party won a majority of the 87 seats in the legislature; British Columbia will have its first minority government in 65 years with the upstart Green Party holding the balance of power. The outcome all hinged on one riding: Courtney-Comox, held by the Liberals since 2001. The NDP candidate there was only nine votes ahead on election day, triggering an automatic judicial recount. When absentee ballots were added to the total the NDP lead increased to 189, confirming a new political reality in the province. Far away, in 2015, the United Nations… Next »
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