It has been a big night for the Green Party picking up a couple seats on the Island.
More than that, it’s possible the party could hold the balance of power in the party with the NDP or the BC Liberals needing Green MLAs to get a majority in any given vote.
Green Party leader Andrew Weaver easily won his seat again in Oak Bay-Gordon Head but unlike previous sessions of the legislature, he won’t be the sole MLA for the party.
Adam Olsen won Saanich North and the Islands unseating incumbent NDP Gary Holman. It was a particularly tight race with the same three candidates from 2013 running again. Holman is in second place with the Liberals Stephen Roberts in third.
And Sonia Furstenau broke through after a nailbiter with NDP candidate Lori Iannidinardo, in Cowichan Valley. The Greens considered Furstenau a “star” candidate gaining recognition for her role in a battle over contaminated soil at Shawnigan Lake.
NDP candidate, Lori Iannidinardo, like Furstenau is a municipal councillor. Bill Routley who won the seat for the NDP in the last two elections decided not to run again leaving a more open field.
Greens hoped to gain another seat in Esquimalt-Metchosin — another vacant seat with NDP’s Maurine Karagianis choosing not run for a fourth term. NDP’s Mitzi Dean has taken the lead with the Liberal and Green candidate splitting the remaining votes.