The rest of Canada refers to BC politics as “The Wild West” and certainly the last month has only cemented that moniker. So much has happened since the election on May 9th but on that evening I stayed up until the very end.
I’ve been watching elections results since the late 70’s but this one was entirely different for me. It wasn’t that the results were the closest in BC election history (which they were) that kept me up. It also wasn’t that BC now has its first minority government in 65 years, with the BC Greens holding the balance power, that kept me tuning in until 1am.
What was different this time was that I had come to know so many of the people involved. Some I had just visited in their offices weeks before, with many I had shared a laugh or an encouraging word in the hallway. Many were being re-elected that night, some were not, while a few ridings were so close that it went late into the night (and beyond) before winners were declared. I knew I needed to stay up because people I knew were up. In some small way, I needed to stand with them.
I was reminded again how difficult the life of a politician can be for them and their families on election night. How when the results come in you’re either celebrating victory or suddenly it’s over. In previous elections, I have paid more attention to what party that was being elected, this time I cared much more for the people in those parties.
Fast forward to today as I attend the Throne Speech and connect with new and returning members, some for the first time. Each member is someone I can potentially serve, encourage and pray for through this next parliament. My hope is to make my days and time count here in significant ways through what may be the most interesting parliament BC has seen in some time.
It's an honor to be here and serve this way. Pray with me for open doors and opportunities into the lives of those God has called to serve us as leaders in BC.