The BC Liberals win a minority government

Christy Clark working the phones on election day
Christy Clark working the phones on election day

20 May, 2017

Christy Clark and the BC Liberals aim to continue to rule B.C. with a minority government after neither major party gained enough seats in Tuesday's election to secure the 44 seats required for a majority.

It appears a single seat may have cost the the B-C Liberals a chance to form a majority government.

Election night saw the Liberals' early lead diminish as John Horgan's NDP narrowed the gap by picking up new seats in Metro Vancouver, finishing with 41 seats compared to the Liberals' 43.

"We can't afford four more years of (Liberal Leader) Christy Clark", Horgan said on the campaign trail.

"The game's not over, there's still 176,000 seconds left on the clock, and I'm going to wait and see what the final outcome was", Horgan said referring to the approximate 176,000 absentee ballots that won't be counted until May 24.

In that riding, students picked city councillor and NDP candidate Anne Kang over Rick McGowan of the Green Party. "It is a non-negotiable issue for us to support either of the parties".

Despite the fact we still don't know who the Premier is along with the possibility of a minority government, Clark had plenty of positive things to say about the vote. British Columbians voted for action on climate change.

"They could enter into a coalition with the Liberals or the NDP, or they could prop up an NDP minority government or prop up a Liberal minority government", Moscrop explained.

At the end of a 28-day campaign where John Horgan campaigned for change, the leader of British Columbia's New Democrats was ready to claim victory on Tuesday night despite finishing slightly behind the Liberals.

"BC Greens have said we can work with anyone", Weaver said.

British Columbia's election hangs in the balance with thousands of votes still to be counted, kicking off weeks of speculation and backroom negotiations with the newly influential Green party.

Clark noted that her party won the largest share of the popular vote as well as the most seats.

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. "We'll get decisions but they will take longer, they will often be more complicated because there will be layered issues in those compromises".

Christin Geall of Victoria said she was ecstatic knowing the Greens will hold the balance of power.

Almost 8,600 students at more than 50 local public schools, private schools and alternate education sites cast ballots and returned NDP candidates in all four ridings.

Clark will be thanking her lucky stars that she made numerous outreach efforts to Weaver in the past four years.

That's why Tim Stevenson is very hopeful that the B.C. NDP and Green Party will be able to work together in a new government following the closely contested May 9 election.

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. (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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