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B.C. Election 2017: Liberals win a narrow minority

British Columbians re-elect Liberal Party to a minority government based on results tallied on election night, May 9, 2017

British Columbians have elected the B.C. Liberal Party under the leadership of Premier Christy Clark to a minority government based on results tallied on election night, May 9, 2017. The results are:

Party Leader Seats Popular Vote
Liberal Christy Clark 43 40.8%
NDP John Horgan 41 39.9%
Green Andrew Weaver 3 16.8%

Vote recounts and the incorporation of absentee ballots will be performed by Elections B.C. in several closely contested ridings by May 24. This could impact the preliminary results.

B.C. Liberal leader Christy Clark re-elected as Premier of British Columbia. Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward.

The development of oil and natural gas resources and the creation of infrastructure to access new markets overseas were important issues in the election campaign, and are of vital importance to B.C’s oil and natural gas industry. These issues include:

  • The responsible development of the province’s estimated more than 500 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and 110 million barrels of crude oil;
  • Increasing industry access to new emerging markets in the Asia-Pacific;
  • Enhanced competitiveness to attract capital which will provide new jobs for Canadians and the residents of B.C. with the construction of pipeline and LNG projects; and,
  • Continued improvement of environmental and social performance.

“We want to congratulate Premier Christy Clark, John Horgan and Andrew Weaver on their campaigns and look forward to the results of the final ballot count that is currently underway,” says CAPP spokesperson Chelsie Klassen. Klassen notes that as a national, non-partisan organization, CAPP works with governments of all political stripes across Canada to find a way to attract investment and create jobs through the safe, responsible development of oil and natural gas resources.

“Policies which stimulate and support investment in technology and innovation are the most effective means to achieve GHG reductions,” adds Klassen, “We must continue to keep all of Canada attractive for future investment to grow the oil and natural gas industry – creating more jobs and increasing public revenues to improve our quality of life.”