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

Christy Clark working the phones on election day
Christy Clark working the phones on election day
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19 May, 2017

The Liberals only need one more seat for a majority.

The results could change with 176,104 absentee ballots still to come and the NDP's Ronna-Rae Leonard clinging to a nine-vote lead over Liberal Jim Benninger in Courtenay-Comox.

After the initial results were in Tuesday, Horgan said the outcome shows British Columbians want a change in government after 16 years under the Liberals.

The potential minority situation has Premier Christy Clark talking up how much she values the Greens, who until now, had been essentially a fringe party with a single MLA.

Asked several times Wednesday if she accepts personal responsibility for the Liberals' showing, Clark avoided a direct answer. "That was a really strong message that the citizens of British Columbia sent us".

Political newcomer Mitzi Dean, while clearly helped by the electoral track record of NDP predecessor Maurine Karagianis, has to be given full credit for handily defeating well-known Liberal candidate Barb Desjardins for the Esquimalt-Metchosin seat.

Current vote totals put the Liberals with 43 MLAs, the NDP with 41 MLAs and the Green Party with 3 MLAs. The Liberals could attempt to govern on their own, and negotiate on an issue-by-issue basis with opposition parties-including the Greens, who would hold the balance of power-or they could attempt to form a (possibly more stable) governing coalition that invites MLAs from another party-again, likely the Greens-into the provincial cabinet. "And they voted for an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top", he said.

As far as past conflict with Horgan, Weaver says they are both passionate people who are passionate about people.

It's the first time since the early 1950s that B.C. has voted in a minority government.

While the NDP saw gains in virtually every swing riding, Cameron says it's possible the Greens cut into their momentum, limiting the size of that growth.

There were approximately 51,000 absentee ballots in the 2013 election, and Elections BC will make its final count of this year's ballots between May 22 and 24.

All three major party leaders say they're willing to work with the assembly voters have elected.

The Green leader said the number one issue for his party is to get the big money out of B.C. politics and ban union and corporate donations.

The Liberals accused the NDP of failing to explain how they would pay for their campaign promises.

"What a historic day for British Columbia", he said.

"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.

"It's easier to imagine a deal between the Greens and the NDP - not personality wise, but on substance".

British Columbians will continue to await a final vote count that will determine what the government will look like moving forward.

Johnston said if the results remain a Liberal minority with the Greens holding the balance of power, Weaver has to be careful.

In Weaver's case, that could also mean supporting the NDP to achieve his goals.

"He's a smart, thoughtful, reasonable guy, and so we've found places where we can work together".


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