VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Can Premier Christy Clark turn things around with an election win?
With her BC Liberals struggling in the polls, News1130 is speaking with a political scientist about historic comebacks in provincial politics.
Hamish Telford with the University of the Fraser Valley points out polls aren’t always right, come election day.
He reminds us of the 1996 election when Glen Clark squeaked by Gordon Campbell. “When the NDP pulled out a victory out of a hat, they actually got fewer votes than the Liberals but the way things worked out, the NDP got more seats and formed the government. That was a shocker for a couple of reasons.”
In Alberta, the Progressive Conservatives beat out the Wildrose party last year; the polls were wrong in that election, too.
He also points to what happened last year in Alberta as the Progressive Conservatives beat the Wildrose party. “We saw all the polls right through the election campaign being wrong and perhaps if Christy Clark was on better terms with Allison Redford, she might call her for some advice.”
The BC Liberals are now trailing behind the NDP by 12 points.