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    What the NDP’s election victory means for B.C.’s innovation economy

    NDP leader John Horgan celebrates his election win in the B.C. provincial election in Vancouver in October 2020. The Canadian Press/Jonathan Hayward

    VANCOUVER — Despite concerns that a mass of mail-in ballots could delay B.C.’s election result for weeks, incumbent premier John Horgan delivered a victory speech Saturday night, after media projected an NDP majority government shortly after polls closed. While politicians await the final count, Horgan said he was “grateful” for Saturday’s returns, “giving the opportunity to me and my colleagues to continue our work on your behalf.” 

    Horgan becomes the first New Democrat to lead B.C. for two consecutive terms. Much of the government’s focus remains on helping people and businesses survive the COVID-19 pandemic. But the NDP also made some hefty promises around helping B.C.’s businesses avoid the common pitfalls of failing to scale and selling too early, as well as a commitment to clean energy and a pledge to boost gig workers. Here’s what you need to know about what the election result means for B.C.’s innovation economy.

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