BC minority could have major implications for Alberta

Vincent Carr
May 20, 2017

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

"Voters really hate having the plug pulled very soon after an election and have to go back to the polls", she said.

In that riding, students picked city councillor and NDP candidate Anne Kang over Rick McGowan of the Green Party.

The seat count creates the conditions for a minority government, in which the Liberals would take the most seats and the Greens would hold the balance of power.

"The majority of British Columbians voted for a new government and I believe that's what they deserve".

The difference between the Liberals and NDP in the popular vote on Tuesday was about 17,800 votes in favour of Clark's party. Forty-four seats was needed for a majority.

The Greens haven't said anything about who they would support in the new government.

He insisted throughout that he was willing to work with either main party, although the bitterness between him and NDP leader John Horgan was on display many times during Weaver's four years as a lone Green MLA.

"We have been presented with an opportunity by British Columbians to open a whole new dialogue in our legislature".

A few other close races could also hinge on the still-to-come count of absentee ballots.

If the result holds and no party gets a majority, Weaver will be in the remarkable position of deciding whether the next government is Liberal or NDP. "People across British Columbia have shown that they are ready for politics to be done differently".

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"It's overwhelming to see that we are holding the balance of power". The province allows unlimited corporate and union donations and the RCMP is investigating fundraising by the province's political parties.

What those discussions will involve is still unclear.

"I've had a good relationship in working with Dr. Weaver in the past", she said.

What he has been clear on are his dealbreakers. Several of them attracted Premier Christy Clark's support, including a proposal to ban mandatory high heels for restaurant servers and legislation that requires post-secondary institutions to write and maintain policies to prevent sexual violence on campus. "That's a condition that we made as part of our agreement moving forward".

Of course, the wild card in all of this is the riding of Courtenay-Comox.

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

Weaver described that as an "accurate statement".

But Clark's single most important priority - developing a liquefied natural gas industry - is a non-starter for Weaver, a former climate change scientist who has fought against LNG.

It might take days or a bit longer - but either way, the decaying 16-year B.C. Liberal government with its despicable sense of privileged entitlement and dedication to big money, pay for play politics - is going to be turfed.

"This is what we do know: a majority of British Columbians voted for a new government".

"Voters know best. And they reminded us tonight that we are far from ideal", Clark said. Finding a much more conciliatory tone will be perhaps the biggest challenge of her political career.

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