Published: Tue, May 16, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Clark, Horgan, Weaver all say they're willing to work with other parties


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.

Not surprisingly, a B.C. election with what many believed had no single polarizing issue left the province in a near dead heat between the BC Liberals and NDP, with the BC Greens bumping their seats to three and playing the role of potential majority spoiler.

Premier Christy Clark spoke to the lieutenant-governor on Wednesday after the Liberals squeaked out a razor-thin victory over the NDP, leaving the province with its first minority government in 65 years, if the results don't change.

She says she has worked with Green Party leader Andrew Weaver in the past and called him a "smart, thoughtful and reasonable guy".

Clark said she is prepared to meet with both Horgan and Weaver, but she sounded most conciliatory toward the Greens, noting that they doubled their popular vote and added two seats.

Horgan says the final results are hanging in the balance and he can't wait until May 24 when we expect all absentee ballots to be in and reminded people that right now, the majority of MLAs are not Liberal.

However, if the results are confirmed, Harrison said the Liberals and New Democrats may be forced to compromise with the Greens or face another election.

"What they wanted really out of this election is that they wanted to make sure that we did things differently". Under Clark, a former radio host who has led for six years, B.C. topped Canadian growth for the second consecutive year in 2016 and also led in job creation.

Even though sparks flew between Horgan and Weaver during the campaign, Horgan says he and Weaver have a "range of issues in common". That's the nature of good public policy. "Partisan politics? We're not interested". The NDP has promised to ban the donations, while the Liberals have said they'll convene a panel to review them.

Across the North Shore's four ridings, Liberal support dropped by 7.46 per cent, while the Green vote share was up 13.26 per cent from the last election.

"We inspire people to vote for something... and those people are from across the political spectrum", Weaver said.

"Members get caught in the Interior and don't get into the house for a vote", Ruff said, using an example. The New Democrats support electoral reform but want approval through a provincial referendum.

There were also 16 ridings where a combined Liberal-Green vote could have defeated the NDP.

If the NDP keeps the riding, a deal with the Green Party could create a coalition with 44 seats.

"That interpretation is not that the Greens hurt the NDP and allowed Christy Clark to win but in fact the NDP would have done worse in this election had it not been for the Green vote", she said.

"I suspect other parties would be crawling over themselves to offer us official party status in light of where we stand today."

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