Provincial Election Results Yield Uncertainty

After almost three weeks of wonder, we finally know the results of the 2017 Provincial Election. On Monday afternoon, NDP leader, John Horgan and Green leader Andrew Weaver announced an agreement between the parties to form the next government. The new minority government could pose challenges to our business
community as we need and like both stability and certainty.

Leading up to the election, the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce hosted four All Candidates Debates to help members of our community make an informed decision come voting day. For the first time ever, we streamed the debates on Facebook Live in an effort to engage more people in the process. It was an enormous success.
The livestream videos reached over 15,000 people in the Tri-Cities community over the course of the month, prior to the election. Viewers from home or on-the-go were encouraged to engage in the conversation by asking and voting on questions through an online portal.

At the time of writing this, it looks like we will have a new coalition government in place with a razor-thin majority in the House, the first since 1952. Looking back at the history books, we can see minority governments have a reputation for not lasting more than a few years. It would take as little as one MLA getting sick, crossing the floor, or failing to vote and the government would fall, sending us back to the polls.

Currently, the BC economy is the strongest in Canada. In this strong financial position, we see the business sector steadily moving forward. My hope is that our business community will continue to thrive but it is incumbent upon the new government to ensure this happens over the next few years. At the end of the day, it’s business that creates jobs and continues to grow our economy, and strong businesses build a strong community.

That being said, I expect we will be back to the polls in less than two years. With municipal elections set for October 2018, it could be a very, very busy year in BC politics. And we’ll be ready to go when the time comes.

Michael Hind
Chief Executive Officer