BC Greens begin talks with other parties


As it stands now, the Liberals won 43 seats in the Legislature - one short of the 44 needed for a majority - while the NDP took 41.

"I think British Columbians heard the message about how important it is that we fight for jobs, especially in the face of rising USA protectionism in the United States and that we keep taxes low, stay competitive, leave more money in people's pockets and that we keep up the good work that we've been doing for four years", she said.

British Columbia faces a two-week period of uncertainty until the final results are in from its tight election race, when it will become clearer whether the province has a minority or majority government.

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. "It is a non-negotiable issue for us to support either of the parties".

So far the BC Liberals have stacked up about 40.9. per cent of the popular vote, to 39.9 per cent for the NDP and 16.6 per cent for the Greens.

Despite the fact we still don't know who the Premier is along with the possibility of a minority government, Clark had plenty of positive things to say about the vote.

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

What had been an early Liberal lead has largely dissolved, with the NDP pulling even and at times taking the lead in the seat tally.

"British Columbians voted today to get big money out of politics", NDP Leader John Horgan told jubilant supporters Tuesday night.

"I do intend to work across party lines... whether it's a majority or a minority government that I lead", she said.

Clark's campaign strategy marked a return to the Liberals' winning approach in 2013, when she promoted her party as the only one that could create and protect jobs while portraying the NDP as disastrous managers of the economy.

"We both believe that the disparity between those who have and those who haven't clearly has got out of control", Weaver said. "And they voted for an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top", 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.

But NDP leader John Horgan is striking a defiant tone the day after British Columbians went to the polls. But Furstenau still comfortably won the riding by 1,500 votes over her nearest challenger from the NDP.

Horgan says he has now spoken with both Clark and Weaver.

Greg D'Avignon, CEO of the Business Council of British Columbia, doesn't think a minority government with the Greens holding sway will necessarily stop major energy projects like the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion or the $36 billion Pacific NorthWest LNG project from going forward.

"Mr. Horgan has said he would use all of the tools at his disposal but hasn't been very specific about what those are", she said.

A minority government occurs when no single party in an election wins a majority of the seats.