Christy Clark remains BC premier until all votes counted

Christy Clark remains BC premier until all votes counted

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

Polls opened at 8 a.m. and Green Leader Andrew Weaver was among the first in line at a middle school in his Victoria-area constituency of Oak Bay-Gordon Head, surrounded by excited students.

The popular vote on Tuesday gave the Liberals about 17,800 more votes than the New Democrats. Forty-four seats are needed for a majority. The Liberals have also presided over five consecutive balanced budgets.

One University of B.C. political science professor says there are places where the Green vote helped the NDP at the expense of the Liberals.

Even after the absentee ballots are counted, tight finishes could trigger judicial recounts.

The results aren't 100% official, however, as the final count, which includes absentee votes, are tallied between May 22nd and May 24th.

The three party leaders did not speak to supporters until after midnight.

When it was all said and done, Christy Clark and the BC Liberals claimed the province's first minority government in more than six decades. "That would be a long-term win for them so that's one they may be willing to risk in supporting the NDP", said Harrison.

Cameron says in some cases where the NDP lost and the Green vote could filled the gap, like Columbia River-Revelstoke, the story isn't really the Greens.

"We both believe that the disparity between those who have and those who haven't clearly got out of control".

The BC LNG Alliance industry group said its members remain committed to their projects and look forward to working with the new government.

"If it's true that British Columbians voted for a change, that must mean, if you're Andrew Weaver, ousting Christy Clark from government", Johnston said Wednesday.

Weaver said watching B.C. invest in old fossil fuel technologies and miss opportunities to develop a sustainable and modern economy convinced him to pursue politics.

Weaver heralded the breakthrough of his candidates on Vancouver Island. "Now is not the time for those discussions". Mr. Bennett brought down his own government in 1953 in a confidence vote about school grants, winning a majority and governing as premier until 1972.

The BC Liberals would have the first option to seek the confidence of the house, which means seeking the support of the Green Party.

Weaver wasn't ready to tip his hand on whether he would support the Liberals or NDP in a minority government.

But Weaver said the top priority for the Greens is removing the influence of big money from politics.

One day ahead of the provincial election Tuesday, students cast ballots in a Student Vote parallel election put on by CIVIX, a national registered charity dedicated to building citizenship skills among young Canadians.

How a coalition government would impact something like the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion, which was a major issue on the North Shore and is opposed by both the NDP and Greens, is also far from clear, Harrison added.