NDP ousted, Grits take turn on the hot seat

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VICTORIA, B.C. — A landslide victory by the B.C. Liberals promises to change the face of that province dramatically over upcoming years.

And the face behind it all is new Premier Gordon Campbell, who promised a new era of hope for the province.

The Liberals were elected in 76 of 79 ridings in the most lopsided victory since 1912. The NDP were denied of official party status and embarrassed leader Ujjal Dosanjh has promised to resign.

“Tonight B.C. is strong. It is united and brimming with confidence and we are ready to go. There’s a whole new era of hope and opportunity, and it starts right now,” announced Campbell following the election.

Commercial truckers will be watching the new government very closely, as several movements could change the way they do business. The Liberals, for instance, have promised to reduce the role played by the Insurance Corp. of British Columbia, kill B.C. Ferries’ Horseshoe Bay expansion project, and reconsider roadwork projects that were scrapped by the former government.

A disgraced Dosanjh told voters that “You have spoken clearly, loudly, that we did make mistakes.”

Now the province must wait while the Liberals announce a new cabinet, and appoint a new Transportation and Highways minister. Liberal Transportation critic Doug Symons did not run in the election.

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