IBEW Members Campaign Hard, Push Liberals to Minority Government in BC

The election results came in late Tuesday night, showing the Liberals had narrowly won a minority government, elected in 43 of British Columbia’s 87 ridings, compared to 41 for the NDP and three for the Green Party. It takes 44 seats to form a majority government in B.C., and this is B.C.’s first minority government result since 1952.

IBEW members from across the province worked hard leading up to the election, to educate not only fellow IBEW members, but their families, friends, neighbours and communities.

“While the outcome of this election is still far from clear, pending re-counts and absentee ballots, what is clear is that the IBEW’s efforts to secure a Government that respects working people’s rights to a balanced labour code, a fair public-project procurement process, a middle-class oriented sustainable economy and effective health and safety laws played a significant role in tonight’s results,” said Laird Cronk, International Representative.

There is still a chance, once recounts have been done in several ridings and absentee ballots have been counted, that the final results could be slightly different. Everyone’s eyes will be on the final count to be done by Elections BC between May 22 and May 24.

“British Columbians have waited 16 years for a government that works for them, and we’re going to have you to wait a while longer, until all the votes are counted,” said NDP Leader John Horgan. The NDP ran on a platform of affordable housing, slashing the Medical Services Premium, and opposing energy projects such as the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline, while focusing on sustainable green technology jobs.

Christie Clark’s Liberals campaigned on a platform of fiscal prudence and job creation. Clark made headlines in the final days of the campaign by responding to the protectionist rhetoric of President Donald Trump’s administration by vowing to fight back against softwood lumber tariffs. Clark threatened to levy a tax against thermal coal exports, a measure that would hurt both the U.S. and Alberta.

The surprising development of the night comes from the Green Party, led by Andrew Weaver, elected in 3 seats. As it stands, the Green Party is positioned to determine who ultimately forms government in the British Columbia legislature.

The work done by political action committees across the province, in the IBEW and throughout the labour movement, saw more labour-friendly politicians being elected, with at least eight union brothers and sisters holding elected positions in the provincial legislature and taking away the Liberals majority government. Great work brothers and sisters!