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BC election results are 'beginning of something different,' Clark says

Christy Curtis | 16 May, 2017, 08:16

Christy Clark claimed victory Tuesday night and said her B.C. Liberal Party will carry on, a razor-thin two seats ahead of the resurgent NDP.

The Green Party won enough seats to hold the balance of power after Tuesday's election, but risks ruin by backing the New Democratic Party, say political scientists from the University of British Columbia.

Premier Christy Clark is still Premier of British Columbia - for now - but unless a recount in close ridings like Courtney-Comox or absentee ballots hand the BC Liberals a majority, Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver is now the most influential political in B.C.

Kathryn Harrison says there's no disputing the Greens won two ridings that were previously NDP and may have siphoned off some centre-left votes in at least one other riding, clearing a path for the Liberals to win there.

Green Leader Andrew Weaver, the incumbent MLA in his Victoria-area riding of Oak Bay-Gordon Head, hopes to get four B.C. Green MLAs to reach official party status.

Clark told her supporters in Vancouver she intends to lead the next government.

The Green Party tripled its seats from the last election, positioning the party to hold the balance of power in a minority government. A dialogue about how we do things, what we should do, how we want to shape the future of our province.

"We're much closer on core issues like the environment", he said about New Democrats and Greens.

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

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"I'm still pulling for the Liberals, that the absentee and advanced votes can come in and we see a majority", Dutton said.

The Liberals broke out to an early lead, but the seats in favour of the NDP grew swiftly as more votes were counted. The Liberals have also presided over five consecutive balanced budgets.

And presuming the seat count remains unchanged, collaboration between the NDP and the Greens would give them 44 seats. "They want us to work across party lines".

"If the results are as they are now, 43 seats for the Liberals, that means that in order to effect the change that I think Weaver reasonably interprets the electorate to have called for, (it) does require him to support the loser. Now is not the time for those discussions, now is the time for Greens across North America to celebrate", he told a cheering crowd.

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.

Horgan and Weaver each walked out to speak to their supporters at the same time, forcing CBC to cut away from Weaver's speech in order to air Horgan's. "We exist because the other parties aren't offering something ..."

Pipelines: The Greens do not support the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project and will work to stop it from proceeding.

While Clark's promise of a booming liquefied natural gas industry has not materialized over the past four years, Clark was able to point to BC's strong economy as proof of the Liberals' financial savvy.


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