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Quotes from British Columbia's provincial election

05/15/2013 04:01 EDT | Updated 07/14/2013 05:12 EDT
VANCOUVER - Some quotes from British Columbia's provincial election:

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"Tonight, we have received a mandate from the people of British Columbia, and I say to the citizens of British Columbia: you have humbled us tonight with this opportunity and the tremendous obligation you placed on our shoulders. We will honour what you have bestowed on us, and together we will make British Columbia better. During this campaign, people told us they want to know that we will be sharing the economic benefits of this province with everyone. They told us they wanted us to balance economic and environmental issues. We will heed those concerns." — Liberal Premier Christy Clark

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"As you know, sometimes in a democratic system, sometimes you win and sometimes you lose — and in British Columbia, it often rains. ... We have elected a very strong team that's going to hold the government accountable." — NDP Leader Adrian Dix

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"We have won our first seat. We have a climate crisis and we now have a B.C. Liberal majority government that believes we have a future with four or five LNG plants, so I am looking forward to Andrew Weaver holding this government to account as no other person in this province could possibly do." — Green party Leader Jane Sterk

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"I'm not — obviously not — happy with the results, but you know we ... fought a good fight, we had a good team, our people worked hard, they gave it their best and the people have spoken." — Conservative Leader John Cummins

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"It certainly speaks to her being a very remarkable campaigner. To take a political party that was at the start of this campaign — depending on what polls you wanted to read — somewhere between perhaps a dozen points or upwards of 20 points behind, and to not only close the gap but then to win a very substantial majority, that speaks to her remarkable campaigning abilities. Full credit to her for pulling this out." — George Abbott, former Liberal education minister

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"I think Christy Clark deserves almost all the credit. She took a party which was, at best, lukewarm towards her —very few of the caucus supported her, many of the senior ministers chose not to run in this election under her leadership. In spite of that, she carried on, put together a good election team, performed well during the debate and obviously around the province." — Former NDP finance minister Paul Ramsey

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"Obviously, it's a surprising result, but full credit must be given to Christy Clark for remaining focused and confident when many doubted her. She didn't waver from her message on the economy. First, it seemed that message was not resonating. But clearly, it gained traction as the campaign wore on." — Barry Penner, former Liberal cabinet minister