After final count of mail-in ballots, B.C. NDP end up with solid majority

Confirmed provincial election results show the New Democrats with 57 seats, the B.C. Liberals with 28 seats and the B.C. Greens with two seats.

The New Democrats will govern British Columbia with 57 of 87 seats in the legislature, a decisive majority confirmed as the final ballot count concluded on Sunday., Nov. 8

The B.C. Liberals won 28 seats, one of which is pending a judicial recount because the race was so close, and the Greens claimed two seats.

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Premier John Horgan said in a statement he was "humbled and honoured'' by the support British Columbians showed the NDP team.

"COVID-19 is presenting us with new challenges each day and we need to keep the focus where it belongs — keeping ourselves, our families and our communities healthy, safe and secure. We will get through this together,'' Horgan said. "Just like we have for the last three and a half years, we're going to do our level best each and every day to keep BC moving forward and build a better future for everyone.''

Elections BC began counting 660,000 mail-in and absentee ballots on Friday, Npv. 6, 13 days after the Oct. 24 provincial election.

While it was clear that the NDP had successfully turned its minority into a majority, it was not yet known by how much.

That night, four races were too close to call, while the New Democrats were projected to win 53 seats, the Liberals 27 and the Greens three.

Ultimately, the New Democrats successfully pulled off wins in each of the four tight races, pulling ahead of the Liberals in two of them over the course of the mail-in count.

On Sunday, NDP candidate Harwinder Sandhu, a community activist and nurse, officially took the seat in Vernon-Monashee, a long-time Liberal stronghold. Liberal incumbent candidate Eric Foster was first elected there in 2009.

"I feel so blessed to be given this opportunity to represent people. I will make sure all voices are equally heard and congratulate the people of Vernon-Monashee for exercising their right to vote,'' she said in a tweet.

New Democrat Henry Yao, a community advocate and former youth worker, was confirmed the winner in Richmond South Centre Sunday with 179 more votes than Liberal Alexa Loo.

The NDP won the other two tight races, Abbotsford-Mission and Chilliwack-Kent, earlier in the count.

West Vancouver-Sea to Sky was projected to be the first Green seat on the Lower Mainland until Liberal incumbent Jordan Sturdy pulled ahead of Jeremy Valeriote by only 41 votes Saturday to clinch a win. The tight margin triggers an automatic judicial recount, Elections BC said, and it will be up to the B.C. Supreme Court to set a date.

In Kamloops-North Thompson, B.C. Liberal candidate and incumbent MLA Peter Milobar saw his election night lead over B.C. NDP candidate Sadie Hunter shrink from 791 votes on election night to 196 votes after the mail-in count to hang on to victory. In Kamloops-South Thompson, B.C. Liberal candidate and incumbent MLA Todd Stone won by a comforttable margin of almost 5,000 votes over second-place Anna Thomas of the B.C. NDP.

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