The final outcome of British Columbia’s election will not be known until absentee ballots are counted. Premier Christy Clark currently leads, with 43 seats as opposed to the NDP’s 41 and the Green party’s 3. Unless these results change, BC’s Fossil Fuel Dreams May Be Over.
In one of the stunning upsets of British Columbian politics, the Green Party has been leading the polls from Vancouver Island. There was a time when it looked like the party that no one thought could form the government might be a major contender in the coming election. This has changed. The latest poll from Mainstreet Research shows the NDP surging ahead on Vancouver Island.
The Green party’s support has grown in the month since I met with Sue Moen at Heriot Bay. In Mainstreet Research’s most recent poll, 24% of the people watching the televised debate were leaning towards, or had decided upon, the Green party. Half of the viewers had a “favourable” opinion of Andrew Weaver and had an unfavourable opinion of the two other leaders. So what would it mean if the next government needs the green party’s support to stay in power? In the podcast below, Green candidate Sue Moen talks policy.
With the election approaching, the Pembina Institute brought together prominent candidates from B.C.’s three major political parties to debate the province’s road to a more planet friendly future. Despite the underlying tension, everyone was polite. There was laughter. Yet Pembina’s clean energy & climate debate illustrated very “alternate” realities.
Similar to the Republican party south of the border, the BC Liberal’s strongest support has always come from the province’s interior. The more populated Great Vancouver area tends to vote for the NDP. So did Vancouver Island, though during the past two weeks the Green party nudged ahead. Mainstreet Research’s latest poll depicts BC’s three political regions.