Liberals stun pollsters, march to surprise majority victory in B.C. election

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In an unexpected upset that defied virtually every poll, pundit and oracle in British Columbia, the B.C. Liberals have secured a fourth consecutive majority in one of the most stunning electoral victories in provincial history.

“Tonight, we have received a mandate from the people of British Columbia,” said B.C. Liberal leader Christy Clark in a victory speech she kicked off with the phrase “well, that was easy.”

Acknowledging the electoral showings of both the NDP and the Greens, she promised to work to share the province’s wealth in a way that balanced environmental sustainability.

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She also renewed a frequent campaign refrain to capture the “once in a lifetime opportunity” of the province’s natural gas reserves.

“It’s a growing economy that allows us to build schools and build hospitals and build roads,” she said.

Early results show that Ms. Clark, a one-time cabinet minister who was…

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