VANCOUVER — Voters in British Columbia go to the polls on Saturday. Here’s some of what you need to know about B.C. politics:
— The NDP formed a minority government in 2017 with support from the Green party after finishing on election night with two fewer seats than the B.C. Liberals, while the Greens had an election breakthrough, winning three seats and holding the balance of power.
— The last time B.C. had a minority government before that was in 1952 and the NDP’s rise to power in 2017 ended a 16-year span outside government.
— The B.C. Liberals were in power from 2001 to 2017.
— Andrew Wilkinson became leader of the Liberal party in February 2018, replacing Christy Clark.
— John Horgan was acclaimed NDP leader in 2014 and first won a seat in the legislature in 2005.
— Sonia Furstenau took over the job of Green party leader about a week before the election was called, replacing Andrew Weaver.
— This election has 87 seats up for grabs. At dissolution, the NDP and Liberals were tied with 41 seats. The Greens held two seats, there were two Independents and one seat was vacant.
— The Liberal Party of British Columbia is not affiliated with the Liberal Party of Canada and describes itself as “a made-in-B.C. free enterprise coalition.”
— The NDP was in power from 1991 to 2001 with four different party leaders during its time in office.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 23, 2020.
The Canadian Press