Wednesday, April 20, 2005


Let the games begin

Our friends in British Columbia will officially vote in a provincial election on May 17. Premier Gordon Campbell made it official in Victoria, after paying a formal visit to Lt.-Gov. Iona Campagnolo to dissolve the legislature.

At dissolution, the Liberals had 72 seats in the 79-seat legislature, while the NDP had three. Democratic Reform B.C. had one seat, one more was held by an Independent and two were vacant.


This election should provide some interesting viewing since the two main parties share no love loss for each other and Campbell has had his share of bad press. In fairness to him, the province has performed a remarkable economic turnout in the past few years. This, however, could work for or against him. It only depends what side of the fence you are on.

British Columbia has a weird electoral history. It has been over two decades since they have returned a sitting Premier. It should be noted that sitting Premier's haven't exactly helped with this statistic as most have flamed out after 4 years. Remember Glen Clark?

The latest poll had the Liberals out in front, but it still is likely to be closer than many believe.

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