The final figures won’t be known for weeks … but the NDP can celebrate with assurance they’ve won a majority government.
The NDP learned it will likely end up with 55 seats in the 87-seat Legislature; the Liberals 29; and, the Greens 3.
The NDP found out it’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, and government itself, has received a fairly large people’s vote of confidence.
But they also learned although they are favored by voters on Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland, the Liberals are still favored in the east, centre and northeast parts of the province.
The Liberals learned their message sold in many interior rural communities, but fell flat on the coast and Vancouver Island.
They also learned their leader has got to go.
There were lessons for the Greens too: despite having won their first seat on the mainland, they are still failing badly at winning voters, capturing only three seats .. crushing any realistic hope of winning power in the foreseeable future.
The Greens learned that, while many British Columbians support environmental change, they prefer the NDP’s (and even the Liberals’ moderate approaches) rather than the Greens’ hate-on-for-cars extremism.
In most of the province, the Greens learned voters rejected them handily … I believe partly because of their extremist agenda and also because of the wide coverage of the fascist style governance of the elected Greens on the Vancouver Park Board.
Meanwhile, we all learned British Columbians like voting by mail … and I’d bet that method of balloting participation will remain strong, even after Covid.
And there’s a lesson in that for Elections BC: faster ways have to developed to validate and count those ballots …and also establish safe ways for voting on-line.
And from the relatively low turnout, we all learned that only if we feel motivated enough, only if the issues/differences are clear enough, and only it’s actually easy to vote … then more of us will.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau learned from BC (New Brunswick as well) that calling an election during a pandemic can work for incumbents: and he will probably regret not having done that, when he does go to the polls next Spring.
Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole, seeing the strength of John Horgan’s BC victory, likely is grateful for another six months to build his own recognition and develop an updated platform, instead of facing the federal incumbent right now.
Even the Americans could have learned from BC and the other Canadian votes: that it is possible to hold elections, political campaigns, debates and disagreements without deep bitter divisions, fears of violence or packed rallies spreading Covid, illness and death.
Yes, lots to learn from BC’s experience this election. You can probably add a few more.
And if there are lessons to be absorbed, perhaps BC’s media learned that, when the signs are all there five months in advance that a Premier is clearly maneuvering towards a snap election , and when the blogosphere starts talking about those signs … maybe, just maybe, the media should really go after the “story”.
And not just wait for the official announcement.
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