New Democratic Premier John Horgan Wins Re-Election In British Columbia

The socialist New Democratic Party (NDP) has won a majority government in the Province of British Columbia.

Voters in Canada’s Pacific coast province rewarded Premier John Horgan with a second term after he took a gamble on calling a snap election during the Covid-19 pandemic. With three quarters of the polls reporting results, the NDP had won enough seats to form a majority government.

The NDP also had a firm grip on the popular vote, holding 45% to the opposition Liberals 35% and the Green Party’s 16%. The win makes John Horgan the first two-term NDP premier in British Columbia history. Horgan, Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson and the Green Party's Sonia Furstenau each retained their seats in the election.

The NDP won 55 seats in the provincial legislature. The Liberals won 29 seats, while the Greens won three seats. The Green Party also picked up their first seat off Vancouver Island while the Liberals lost in key battleground districts.

Several cabinet ministers are returning to the British Columbia legislature, including Health Minister Adrian Dix, Attorney General David Eby, Advanced Education Minister Melanie Mark, Environment Minister George Heyman and Housing Minister Selina Robinson.