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The Provincial Election is over and the electorate gasps as results indicate that no one (yet) really has the reins of power, and the two main parties may be wooing the Greens to form a government.
The discontent that has been felt in Metro Vancouver regarding accessibility, accountability, and  bridge tolls and the vague disconnectedness between the hinterland and Metro Vancouver widened in terms of voting. The previous Provincial government had treated Metro Vancouver like the poor country cousin, someone who had to be told what to do (have a transportation referendum) and why they needed it (Massey Bridge, for congestion, you know) without substantive transparent process or explanation.
Last night, all three parties had their leaders come out with speeches that strangely all sounded like victory speeches. So let’s hope that is sincere and they start to work together-to compromise for Metro Vancouver’s best interests.
While the hinterland voted for the current government’s package of dams, pipelines and jobs, Metro Vancouver voting suggested that an alternative was being sought after. It’s certainly not a ringing endorsement for the Province to continue their “big business” plan in the lower mainland with pipelines, LNG plants, and industrial expansion.
The potential for a minority government means that all three parties need to compromise, actually work together to figure out the best policy and agenda to move forward for the region. It’s a very tall order, but compromise and working it out may achieve a new order for the Mayors’ Council and Metro Vancouver to be treated on a more equitable basis by the Province.  It’s the only way forward to start addressing the sustainability of this important region, not just today but for future generations.