BC election brings unwelcome uncertainty for business as Greens hold balance

Johnston said if the results remain a Liberal minority government with the Greens holding the balance of power, Weaver has to be careful.

As of election day, polls are predicting a nail-biter of an election that could go either way.

Minority government are rare in British Columbia.

"And so tonight is the beginning of something very different".

"It doesn't seem to me looking at this that there are a lot of seats that the NDP didn't pick up because of the Greens", he says.

Christy Clark, who has been asked by B.C.'s Lieutenant-Governor to continue as premier, hinted Wednesday that she would be willing to work more collaboratively with the other parties. "And I think that is what they deserve", said Horgan. "They want us to work together collaboratively and across partisan lines", said Clark, who was trying to win the party's fifth straight majority government.

But while Clark's remarks had the tone of a victory speech, BC NDP Leader John Horgan told an equally boisterous crowd he had no plans to concede quite yet.

Early results in British Columbia's election campaign show the Liberals leading over the NDP, with both major party leaders re-elected in their ridings.

The most significant gain the Green Party could make is to push through proportional representation by uniting with the NDP, said Harrison and Johnston, both political science professors and researchers.

Canadian province British Columbia hasn't seen a party govern with a minority of the seats in parliament in more than 60 years, Kallanish Energy learns.

Andrew Weaver, whose Green party holds the balance of power, told reporters, "British Columbians were sold a bill of goods on LNG".

"Everything is give and take", Weaver said.

The legislative minority means the tiny Green party will hold the balance of power as Premier Christy Clark tries to push forward with pipeline expansion plans and a promise to apply a levy to thermal coal exports to the United States in retaliation for USA duties on softwood lumber.

But it may be a while before British Columbians know which way the power will shift in the province.

It was a cliffhanger for the ages as the lead in Tuesday's B.C. election flipped and flopped and flipped again as the votes were counted in one of the closest photo-finishes in provincial history.

Our interactive results tracker above will update in real time as votes are counted.

There are more than 176,000 absentee ballots still to be tallied in the final count later this month, and it's possible a number of close ridings could change hands.

Political newcomer Mitzi Dean, while clearly helped by the electoral track record of NDP predecessor Maurine Karagianis, has to be given full credit for handily defeating well-known Liberal candidate Barb Desjardins for the Esquimalt-Metchosin seat.

And one of Robertson's communications staff served in a senior role with the NDP campaign. A dialogue about how we do things, what we should do, how we want to shape the future of our province.

Clark maintained her focus on jobs and the economy on the campaign's last day, arguing that the other parties risk economic growth by making promises that would run up the debt.

New Democrat Leader John Horgan won his seat in Langford-Juan de Fuca, while Liberal Leader Christy Clark won in Kelowna West.


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