Last week’s provincial election proved once again that politics is never dull in British Columbia.
With many thousands of absentee ballots still to be counted, and two judicial recounts to determine the final results in two ridings, how the province will be governed in the near future is not yet clear.
What is clear is that the Green party and Saanich North and the Islands’ new MLA — Adam Olsen — will have plenty of say in legislation that is pursued, or not. And he will do so having received solid support from voters. The race that was deemed too close to call turned out to not be close at all this time, with Olsen earning 41.8 per cent of the vote, which was 11 per cent more than Holman in second place.
Not only that, but the riding saw almost 70 per cent of registered voters exercise their right at the ballot box, compared to about 57 per cent across the province. Exceptionally high voter turnout has been seen both nationally and provincially in our riding, which is something to truly be proud of.
We wholeheartedly thank all four Saanich North and the Islands candidates for their participation. Holman, the NDP MLA for the past four years, deserves special acknowledgement for representing his constituency’s residents with his characteristic hard work and professionalism.
With Holman and Liberal candidate Stephen Roberts well immersed in public service activities, we don’t expect them to now fade from view, and look forward to seeing how their energy and skills will benefit the region in the future.
The road of public service is not an easy one to navigate. Politicians attract criticism and disdain more than any other group of individuals — often deservedly but sometimes not. It’s not a profession for someone who is especially sensitive to potentially unfair comment.
It is a profession for someone who is a good listener. With such a highly engaged populace in Saanich North and the Islands, our new MLA will no doubt be doing a lot of listening in the coming years.