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Vote splitting fears not realized in election

Debra Rodriguez | 13 May, 2017, 10:54

Recounts and absentee ballots could still sway the final tally, such as with the Courtenay-Comox riding swinging to the NDP by a mere nine votes.

Ideally, I wanted to take a break from talking about the election but there's been far too much speculation out there in the press -- partly from the media party, partly from progressives dying to chime in and pressure the Greens and NDP into a coalition, and partly from far too pessimistic BC Liberal and conservative voters.

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.

Based on the current results, the Greens could prop up the Liberals or form a coalition with the NDP, as 44 seats are needed for a majority.

"Constitutionally, the federal government might have the upper hand. but the BC government could force significant delays", he said. "And they reminded us tonight that we are far from flawless", Clark said, adding that she was willing to work with the other parties to govern. Absentee ballots and advanced ballots cast outside a voter's riding could change the outcome.

D'Avignon does not think the new makeup in the Legislature will necessarily halt projects like the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion of PNW LNG projects from going forward because they are already approved, federally and provincially.

The seat count remained virtually deadlocked at the end of the night, with the Liberals declared elected in 43 seats, and the NDP elected in 41, with ongoing uncertainty in some close races that could yet go back and forth.

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

For the first time in provincial history, the Greens expanded their seat count from one to three, which gives them the balance of power. The Green Party won three seats, but is now poised to have disproportionate sway.

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The Turkish leader vowed to table the issue during next week visit to Washington. Like Turkey, the USA considers that group a terrorist organization.

They also criticized the Liberals for cutting employer premiums and worker benefits and for not raising the province's share of funding for infrastructure projects.

That could mean an additional focus on environmental issues like the carbon tax and increasing spending for childcare or early childhood education, as per the Green Party platform, he said.

There are still ballots to be counted and things could look a little different after May 24 - just not in the Prince George ridings. The province has Canada's lowest unemployment rate and has led the country in economic growth two years in a row.

Weaver said he and Horgan agree on some key issues, such as electoral reform and a ban on corporate and union donations. Clark vowed if re-elected to ban thermal coal exports from BC in retaliation for USA duties on Canadian softwood lumber.

A BC Liberal victory was broadly seen as more friendly for business.

"They are the none-of-the-above party - a lot of people will project onto them whatever it is they want".

NDP leader John Horgan urged supporters to hang tight, noting the votes have not all been counted yet.

It's not likely a premier would lie down in front of a bulldozer, but you have to wonder if that's beyond the possible when it comes to a Green Party leader.

Alberta NDP Premier Rachel Notley and Ian Anderson, president of Kinder Morgan Canada, issued brief statements congratulating all three parties, taking care not to make mention of a specific victor.

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