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BC elects a minority Liberal government

20 May 2017, 03:30 | Darnell Patrick

Clark in West Kelowna

B.C. Election 2017 Clark

Until those results are known, however, Premier-elect Christy Clark faces a minority situation with the Green party holding the balance of power.

"We're starting negotiations tomorrow", said Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver, calling the election "a historic day for British Columbia".

Kathryn Harrison, also a political science professor at UBC, said the Greens must weigh the risks of either choice but the Liberals may wait to do any negotiating until the final ballot count is released, which must happen by May 24.

New Democrats have made inroads in key Metro Vancouver suburbs where they needed to capture Liberal seats to come close to forming government.

He said his party's ban on corporate and union donations meant private contributions to his party "went through the roof" during the campaign and that the Greens did not go into debt.

The difference between the Liberals and NDP in the popular vote on Tuesday was about 17,800 votes in favour of Clark's party.

Weaver said he wouldn't demand official party status from the other parties to support a minority government, but there's a chance the Greens could get recognized anyway. British Columbians voted for action for action on climate change.

Barring any major change in the current makeup of seats, Weaver could agree to form a coalition with either the NDP or Liberals to give them a majority.

If the minority government scenario holds after the final vote count, the Greens could choose from one of four scenarios, said David Moscrop, a political scientist at the University of British Columbia.

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"I'm prepared to work with anyone who wants a better B.C.", Horgan said.

The BC LNG Alliance industry group said its members remain committed to their projects and look forward to working with the new government.

With absentee ballots still to be counted in the days ahead, Clark's 43 seats represent a loss of only four from the last majority, and the NDP's 41 seats is up six.

"We have a lot of work to do and we're going to do it together", said Furstenau shortly after her victory.

"We both believe that the disparity between those who have and those who haven't clearly has got out of control", Weaver said. Most of the thermal coal exports come from United States mines.

Green Party leader Andrew Weaver, who now faces a hard choice in deciding whether to back the Liberals in a minority government, told reporters Wednesday that he is willing to negotiate with the other two parties.

Horgan did an awesome job despite being discounted by many commentators - bringing the NDP tantalizingly close to a majority government and still on the brink of possibly becoming premier.

Polls opened at 8 a.m. and Green Leader Andrew Weaver was among the first in line at a middle school in his Victoria-area constituency of Oak Bay-Gordon Head, surrounded by excited students. "We know how to compromise".

Even though a majority of British Columbians voted for parties that oppose the pipeline, McKenna said the federal government is sticking by its support for twinning the Trans Mountain pipeline. Horgan accused her of being out of touch with average people on issues such as the cost of housing and inadequate education funding.



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