How the Greens could wield power in a minority government

How the Greens could wield power in a minority government

Why? Because it only takes one B.C. Liberal MLA crossing the floor to the NDP or Greens or sitting as an independent or quitting or, god forbid, passing away, and Christy Clark no longer controls the B.C. Legislature.

At the current seat count - 43 Liberals, 41 NDP and three Greens - Horgan suggested there is a clear mandate for change of leadership.

"There's still 176,000 seconds on the clock and I'm going to wait to see what the final outcome is", he said, referring to the number of absentee ballots still to be counted.

If Horgan happens to become premier via this election, which seems an outside possibility at this point, it would certainly bring more light to West Shore issues such as transportation and affordable housing, to name a couple.

The Greens doubled their popular vote from eight per cent in 2013 to 16 per cent Tuesday, said Kathryn Harrison of UBC.

Three strong personalities - the leaders of the provincial Liberals, the NDP and the Greens - battled it out on the campaign trail but will now have to figure out who will work with whom. "They elected a really significant Green presence and certainly a lot of people voted for the Greens across the province and so I intend to listen to that".

In a news conference, Clark confirmed that British Columbia Lt. -Gov.

"I was the house leader for the opposition and we worked together on making sure he got access in the legislature", Horgan said.

When the campaign kicked off April 11, the Liberals held 47 of the Legislature's 85 seats, the NDP had 35, the Greens one and there was one independent.

There will be at least one recount after the NDP won in Courtenay-Comox but just nine votes.

All eyes are on Andrew Weaver after Tuesday's wild election seemingly placed the balance of power with his Green Party.

"Tonight we won the popular vote", she said. They want us to work together. Her riding-by-riding look at the shift indicates it hurt the Liberals more often than the NDP.

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

Green Party leader Andrew Weaver, who now faces a hard choice in deciding whether to back the Liberals in a minority government, told reporters Wednesday that he is willing to negotiate with the other two parties.

Though the Greens fell short of the four seats needed for official party status, Weaver wasn't concerned when he spoke to the media Wednesday.

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.

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.

Clark spent a good chunk of the campaign talking tough - taking on U.S. President Donald Trump over softwood lumber and insisting her opponents knew nothing about creating jobs or balancing budgets.

She said voters sent the message they want a bigger economy, not a bigger government, while keeping middle class taxes low.

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