Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

ELECTION: 43 Liberals to rule as minority vs NDP's 41, three Greens

ELECTION: 43 Liberals to rule as minority vs NDP's 41, three Greens

Greens won three seats, all on Vancouver Island, and as a result will hold the balance of power in a minority government. Premier Christy Clark now leads, with 43 seats as opposed to the NDP's 41 and the Green party's 3.

"And they reminded us tonight that we are far from ideal", Clark said, adding that she was willing to work with the other parties to govern.

In addition, the absentee ballots have not been counted yet, which means that the final count by Elections BC between May 22 and 24 could still change the outcome.

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.

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.

When it was all said and done, Christy Clark and the BC Liberals claimed the province's first minority government in more than six decades.

Solomon initially thought Grade 4 and 5 students might be too young for the vote, but she's since changed her mind.

The Liberals held 47 seats in the previous legislature, the NDP had 35, the Greens one and two were held by independents.

"I think there's two major issues that are very important to both parties and these are obvious ones and they're no-cost items, as well", he said.

Horgan was not ready to concede defeat, however, saying that British Columbians have waited 16 years for a new government and will have to wait a bit longer until all the votes are counted.

The legislative minority means the tiny Green party will hold the balance of power as Premier Christy Clark tries to push forward with pipeline expansion plans and a promise to apply a levy to thermal coal exports to the U.S. in retaliation for USA duties on softwood lumber. Several ridings were decided by fewer than 300 votes, including Courtenay-Comox, where the NDP won by a mere nine votes.

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

Following the stunning result, Weaver made sure he spoke over the phone with both NDP Leader John Horgan and Clark. Her riding-by-riding look at the shift indicates it hurt the Liberals more often than the NDP.

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.

Although Clark and Weaver have a history of working together, Weaver and Horgan's voters may have more in common.

She said voters sent the message they want a bigger economy, not a bigger government, while keeping middle class taxes low.

On the West Shore, the NDP showed their support remains strong, with party leader John Horgan racing to a huge victory over challengers Cathy Noel of the Liberals and Brendan Ralfs of the Greens - that despite spending very little time personally campaigning in his Langford-Juan de Fuca riding. (TSX:WTE), since Clark has proposed a hefty levy on USA coal shipments through the port in response to the softwood lumber dispute.

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