Despite high hopes of many and the predictions of all the pollsters for the government to change, the voters chose to keep the status quo here. Last night we went down to the NDP headquarters to celebrate the upcoming victory. But the party turned into a wake quite quickly as the results poured in. So it's business as usual in British Columbia and the door is open for pipelines to be built and for our coast to be filled with oil tankers. It's a sad day for our beautiful coastal waters.
Everyone I know is in shock. But the people have spoken--at least those who bothered to vote. Less than 50 percent turnout. Even lower than the last election. Now comes all the analysis of what went wrong and the second guessing. But for a while at least I'm taking a break from politics. It's just too depressing.
One bright spot was the election of British Columbia's very first Green MLA, Andrew Weaver representing a suburb of Victdoria. At least that shows some here are ready for change.