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Outcome uncertain as a divided British Columbia prepares to vote

09 May 2017, 07:33 | Violet Powell

By The Canadian Press Doug Collins

By The Canadian Press  Doug Collins

Maggi says the Greens are expected to register the highest percentage of the popular vote ever recorded by the Green Party in any Canadian jurisdiction.

The B.C. Liberals have attempted to make Horgan's schedule a campaign issue, highlighting the fact that he hasn't visited northwest B.C. or the Kootenays.

New Democratic Party Leader John Horgan voted in the advance polls and spends all day in Metro Vancouver, with two events in Surrey.

Christy Clark will wrap the BC Liberals' 2017 election campaign with a rally Monday evening in Abbotsford.

The NDP sent the most negative news releases - in which the focus was the other party's shortcomings - on May 5, attacking Clark for being too close to deep-pocketed corporate donors, while ordinary British Columbians struggle to afford the cost of living.

- Weaver criticized Liberal Leader Christy Clark for bringing U.S. President Donald Trump's name into the campaign by portraying herself as the best positioned to fight American tariffs on softwood lumber, calling it "vote buying and staging for the cameras".

The final day of B-C's election campaign sees the leaders of the three main political parties hopscotching across the south coast, nailing down any undecided voters.

Clark spoke for almost 10 minutes to a packed room of supporters, praising the quality of Liberal candidates in the Fraser Valley region.

Horgan quipped on Twitter that he was "less anxious about my bus and more concerned about British Columbians getting stuck with four more years of Christy Clark".

In the afternoon, Weaver is scheduled to campaign in other Victoria-area ridings, such as Swan Lake and Beacon Hill, and will remain in the provincial capital for the Greens' election party. Across British Columbia, 49% of residents say they would be "very upset" if the BC Liberals form the government again, while 46% claim they would be "very upset" if the BC NDP wins the election.

"After 16 years of people at the top getting their way, it's time the people in this room, the people in this community and the people in this province had a government that's working for them", he said at a stop in Surrey.

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