Brian Hutchinson: With the B.C. Liberals’ victory, Christy Clark becomes a political legend

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British Columbians were asked to take a risk. In the end, they could not. B.C.’s Liberal party defied prognosticators and pundits Tuesday to win a fourth consecutive election, in an upset that will confound so-called experts for months.

A confident New Democratic Party led by Adrian Dix thought it had this one in the bag. But when the incumbent Liberals gained momentum last week, raising among voters some sober second thoughts, Tuesday’s ballot outcome was suddenly in question.

A Forum Research Inc. poll for the National Post came closest to predicting the final result; it found that 43% of survey respondents said they would vote for the NDP, while 41% would vote for the Liberals. Forum also predicted a slim B.C. Liberal majority.

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The B.C. Liberals have slammed shut a longstanding credibility gap. Voters overcame — or put aside — their skepticism about party leader Christy Clark…

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