BC Liberals take Kootenay-East by 27 per cent

Kristopher Drake
May 15, 2017

He said in both cases, the minority governments fell apart forcing a subsequent election, with the NDP losing seats in both instances while the Liberals gained majority victories.

The Greens achieved a historic breakthrough by electing two members to the legislature: Leader Andrew Weaver, who kept his seat in Oak Bay-Gordon Head, and Adam Olsen, elected to Saanich North and the Islands.

"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.

The NDP won 41 seats and the Greens have three seats, leaving Weaver to determine whether to side with the Liberals or the New Democrats in a minority government situation.

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.

Asked what stopped the NDP from winning, Horgan said the game was still on.

"British Columbians did tell us tonight that they want us to do some things differently", Clark told hundreds of supporters who had gathered in downtown Vancouver. That's a question we still don't know the answer to, despite polls having closed across Canada's western-most province over three hours ago, because the results have been incredibly close.

Premier Rachel Notley hasn't commented on the election results so far.

Weaver said his party would negotiate with both party leaders in the coming weeks and would work with whoever has the most commonality with the Green platform. As she left the polling station, Clark stopped to say hello to a young girl. Horgan said the NDP would balance the budget by raising taxes on the top two per cent of earners and by using a $500-million "LNG prosperity fund" that Clark created out of general revenue.

At approximately 12:25 a.m., Pacific Time, the TV networks covering the nail-biter of a British Columbia election went live to B.C. Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver.

Horgan said the NDP and the Green Pary share many concerns and that his focus is on issues such as childcare, healthcare, education and housing.

If Clark can't maintain the confidence of the legislature, Guichon could invite the opposition parties to attempt to form their own government-or she could dissolve the legislature and drop the writ on a new election.

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

New Democrats made inroads in key Metro Vancouver suburbs where they needed to capture Liberal seats to come close to forming government.

On other issues, he added, "We are willing to negotiate".

"In terms of whatever the outcome is, whether it's a minority or a majority, I do intend to make sure we work across party lines with parties that want to work with us", she said. Amrik Virk, Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Service, and Naomi Yamamoto, Minister of State for Emergency Preparedness were also defeated by their NDP challengers.

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