While the final ballots in last week’s election are still being tallied, the figures so far hint at a wholly unexpected outcome. The Green surge that led to three MLAs being elected — a first in Canada — might have been due in considerable part to defections from the B.C. Liberals and Conservatives.
The B.C. Liberals and Tories, combined, dropped 136,000 votes from their 2013 showing (the Tories were nearly wiped out). The Greens gained 155,000. The NDP total remained almost unchanged.