Liberals eke out win as minority government

Liberals eke out win as minority government

Liberals eke out win as minority government

There's still a chance the final count could deliver another majority government to Christy Clark's Liberals, but it appears likely B.C. will be governed by the first minority in 65 years, putting the Greens in the powerful position of king-maker.

The Liberals needed 44 seats for a majority, but they only got 43, surrendering 41 to the NDP and three to the Green Party.

Now the incumbent B.C. Liberals hold 43 seats, the NDP have 41 and B.C. Greens have three seats.

Horgan sought to portray Clark as out of touch with regular British Columbians who feel the economy is not working for them, while Weaver cast the Greens as political outsiders.

But all of it may be a moot point with more than 170,000 absentee ballots that won't even be counted until May 22, some of the razor-thin ridings may flip entirely, delivering one party or another a majority of seats in the legislature.

She said her party won the popular vote, finishing with 40.9 per cent compared with the NDP's 39.9 per cent based on preliminary election results.

"If you can make the counterfactual argument that the Greens are closer to the New Democrats [and] a few extra votes would have made a difference, there aren't too many places where you could make that". They want us to work across party lines.

He did not explicitly say if he would ask Weaver to form a coalition government, however.

The NDP has promised to ban the donations, while the Liberals have said they'll convene a review panel.

In a news conference, Clark confirmed that British Columbia Lt. -Gov.

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Throughout the campaign, Weaver was unwilling to say whether he would prefer to work with the Liberals or the NDP - and now he could choose either.

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.

With a majority elusive, the three probable seats for the Greens now raises the serious possibility that Weaver and his caucus may hold the balance of power in a minority government.

The NDP claimed the Courtney-Comox riding by just nine votes, which will mean a recount.

Weaver confirmed that he had met with NDP leader John Horgan, and that the two leaders agreed on many issues, including education and income disparity.

"We inspire people to vote for something... and those people are from across the political spectrum", Weaver said. The NDP had only a 0.48 per cent increase in popular votes over 2013.

"The big win for the Green Party is electoral reform because small parties like the Greens are forever disadvantaged by a first-past-the-post system". (TSX:WTE), since Clark has proposed a hefty levy on USA coal shipments through the port in response to the softwood lumber dispute.

But Clark's single most important priority - developing a liquefied natural gas industry - is a non-starter for Weaver, a former climate change scientist who has fought against LNG.

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