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Krog win weakens NDP

New Democrat legislator Leonard Krog has given a mayoral victory speech in Nanaimo, putting the provincial government's precarious hold on power into question.

Krog's win will trigger a provincial byelection when he gives up his provincial seat.

It won't be enough to tip the balance of power to the Liberals' favour against an NDP minority government that's propped up by the Greens, but it would bring it to the brink.

The Liberals have 42 seats in the house, the New Democrats 41, including Krog, the Greens have three seats and there is one Independent.

Results continue to come in from local elections held across British Columbia Saturday.

In Vancouver, 21 candidates are running to fill a void left by Mayor Gregor Robertson, who did not seek re-election, including former NDP MP Kennedy Stewart, local business owner Ken Sim and independent candidate Shauna Sylvester.

Former firefighter Mike Hurley has unseated five-term Mayor Derek Corrigan in Burnaby, while former mayor Doug McCallum is leading in his attempt at a comeback to replace Linda Heppner in Surrey.



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