Now what? Election puts BC into political parts unknown

Christy Clark working the phones on election day

Christy Clark working the phones on election day

The Liberals could attempt to govern on their own, and negotiate on an issue-by-issue basis with opposition parties-including the Greens, who would hold the balance of power-or they could attempt to form a (possibly more stable) governing coalition that invites MLAs from another party-again, likely the Greens-into the provincial cabinet. In the B.C. election, a party needed 44 out of 87 seats to win a majority mandate.

The NDP won one riding by only nine votes, making a recount a certainty that will determine the difference between a minority and an ultra-thin majority if it were to flip to the Liberals.

"The game's not over", said Horgan, who refused to concede defeat on Wednesday. "Once the cards are known, it's going to be interesting to see how it plays out".

Horgan often took swipes at Clark during the campaign, accusing her of putting the interests of wealthy donors ahead of most British Columbians.

"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", said Clark in response to a question about forming a coalition with the Greens. The party took several Liberal ridings in the city of Vancouver and won a handful of battleground ridings in the suburbs of Metro Vancouver, including seats in Surrey, Coquitlam and Delta. Asked several times if she accepts personal responsibility, Clark avoided a direct answer. "That was a really strong message that the citizens of British Columbia sent us".

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.

The premier's office said Lt. -Gov.

Christy Clark told reporters on Tuesday that she'd met with the lieutenant-governor and been asked to continue on as Wednesday, and that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had called to congratulate her.

The unofficial results showed Liberals finished with 40.85 per cent of the popular vote, down about four per cent from 2013. Clark said she is confident that when absentee ballots are counted, they will strengthen the Liberals' margin of victory.

"The majority of MLAs elected last night are not BC Liberals", Horgan said. He's already discussing his bargaining chips.

"The No. 1 deal-breaker right now is banning big money in B.C. politics", he said.

All three major party leaders say they're willing to work with the assembly voters have elected.

The Green Party holds three seats, and pending the results of absentee ballots and a recount in Courtenay-Comox, the balance of power.

"I suspect other parties would be crawling over themselves to offer us official party status in light of where we stand today."

As far as past conflict with Horgan, Weaver says they are both passionate people who are passionate about people.

But Weaver said it was too soon to say whether he will back the NDP or Liberals in B.C.'s new minority parliament.

That happened even though Clark spent $15 million in taxpayer dollars on partisan government advertising wrongly promoting the B.C. Liberals and having the most heavily corporately funded political party in Canada, raising over $12 million in 2016.