The final BC election count has revealed the BC Liberals have won the riding of Vancouver-False Creek, leaving the fate of BC’s next government in the riding of Courtenay-Comox.
After the preliminary count on election night, BC Liberal candidate in Vancouver-Flase Creek, Sam Sullivan, was leading by 560 ballots, with 42.57% share of the vote in the riding.
And, following the final count of 2,814 extra absentee votes this week, it was confirmed Sullivan had won the seat by 415 votes.
Sullivan beat BC NDP candidate Morgane Oger, the first transgender woman ever to run for a major BC party.
As of election night, overall Parliament is hung; the BC Liberals hold 43 seats, the BC NDP hold 41, and BC Greens hold 3, meaning no one has a majority.
Five ridings, including Vancouver-False Creek, were extremely tight, and depended on absentee ballots to reach a decisive result.
However, this latest result has no impact on the result, as the BC Liberal candidate had been leading previously, so the riding already provisionally counted as a BC Liberal seat.
The other close ridings that could swing either way were Courtenay-Comox, Richmond-Queensborough, Maple Ridge-Mission, and Coquitlam-Burke Mountain.
The final count was completed in Richmond-Queensborough Tuesday, confirming the BC Liberals seat that had been provisionally counted there.
As well, Coquitlam-Burke Mountain was close. But the final count also completed there Tuesday, confirming the BC Liberals seat that had been provisionally counted there.
Meanwhile, the final count for Maple Ridge-Mission completed on Wednesday, confirming the BC NDP seat that had been provisionally counted there.
That leaves only Courtenay-Comox, which is so tight, it could swing from the BC NDP to the BC Liberals and give them a majority.
If the BC NDP win in Courtenay-Comox, then British Columbia will be facing a minority government.
Elections BC has not yet published the final count results for Courtenay-Comox. As of noon on Wednesday, the BC NDP candidate is leading by 148 votes.
As of noon on Wednesday, the final count had been completed in 83 of 87 ridings, but is ongoing. All results will be finalized by end of day Wednesday.
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