The Pollcast: Breaking down B.C.'s election results - and looking ahead to Nova Scotia's

To sift through the results of the B.C. election, host Éric Grenier is joined by the Globe and Mail's Justine Hunter and the CBC's Richard Zussman. Then, Jean Laroche sets up Nova Scotia's provincial vote.

Host Éric Grenier speaks with CBC's Richard Zussman and the Globe's Justine Hunter. Plus: Nova Scotia up next

The leaders of all three parties gave optimistic speeches, unsure of what their fates will ultimately be. From left to right: NDP Leader John Horgan, Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver and Liberal Leader Christy Clark. (CBC)

The CBC Pollcast, hosted by CBC poll analyst Éric Grenier, explores the world of electoral politics, political polls and the trends they reveal.

It was an election deemed too close to call. And now that (most) of the votes have been counted, the result is still too close to call.

The B.C. Liberals fell just one seat short of a majority government in Tuesday's vote. But separating them from the magic number of 44 seats could be just nine votes in one riding and some still-uncounted absentee ballots. The uncertainty hanging over this election will endure until those votes are counted — and recounted.

How did the Liberals lose their majority government? Why didn't the B.C. New Democrats cobble together enough seats to win outright? And what role did the breakthrough of the Green Party — three seats and potentially the balance of power — play in the outcome?

To help break it down, Pollcast host Éric Grenier is joined by the CBC's Richard Zussman and the Globe and Mail's Justine Hunter.

Then, to set up the provincial election campaign in Nova Scotia now in its second week, Eric is joined by the CBC's Jean Laroche.

Listen to the full discussion above — or subscribe to the CBC Pollcast and listen to past episodes.

Follow Éric GrenierRichard ZussmanJustine Hunter and Jean Laroche on Twitter.


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