B.C. NDP wins majority government
NDP had a strong night across the province, with breakthroughs in traditionally Liberal territory.
- NDP: 55 seats (544,083 votes)
- LIB: 29 seats (427,889 votes)
- GRN: 3 seats (184,921 votes)
This is the first NDP majority since 1996. It takes 44 seats for a majority government. 50 seats would constitute a decisive victory in any B.C. election, 55 seats for the NDP would breaks the party’s previous record of 51 seats in 1991.
Andrew Wilkinson resigning as B.C. Liberal leader
Andrew Wilkinson has resigned as leader of the B.C. Liberal Party, two days after the party had its worst provincial election outcome in decades.
Wilkinson announced his resignation in a very brief address to the media on Monday. He said he has asked the party's president to begin the work to find his successor and that he will step down when his replacement is found.
Once a new Cabinet is appointed, we expect public servants will begin their regular decision-making processes, guided by new mandate letters and priorities, many of which will come directly from the BC NDP’s election platform.
The new Minister of Finance is expected to table a fiscal update before the end of the year. Once a fall legislative session and fiscal update are complete, government’s attention will shift to preparation for a Speech from the Throne on Tuesday, February 9, and Budget on Tuesday, February 16.
What does this mean for franchising?
In the NDP platform they committed to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050, and the platform’s economic commitments continue to connect fighting climate change and growing the economy. They committed to
- Provide a special recovery fund targeted at B.C.’s hospitality and tourism sector;
- Tie the minimum wage to inflation;
- Increase workplace safety inspections;
- Banning single-use plastics;
- Reducing ICBC premiums by an average of 20%.
One issue that was not included in the platform but we expect them to move on is labour issues. You may see a swing towards workers rights and union rights now that the government no longer has to rely on the Green party to pass legislation. We are concerned that these labour changes will make it easier for unionization across brands instead of on a location by location basis.
CFA staff will be watching the issues and working with local stakeholders to try and stay ahead of any policy changes that may negatively affect franchised businesses.