British Columbians voted for a change in government: NDP Leader John Horgan

Pauline Gross
May 20, 2017

The Green Party's three seats give leader Andrew Weaver a lot of say in how long the Clark government can survive in the first minority government in B.C. since the 1950s.

For now, the Liberals hold 43 seats, the NDP holds 41 seats and the Greens hold three seats.

He insisted throughout that he was willing to work with either main party, although the bitterness between him and NDP leader John Horgan was on display many times during Weaver's four years as a lone Green MLA.

Kathryn Harrison, also a political science professor at UBC, said the Greens must weigh the risks of either choice but the Liberals may wait to do any negotiating until the final ballot count is released, which must happen by May 24.

The political commentariate is ruminating over the dozens of "what if?" scenarios following Tuesday's provincial election, which resulted in a hung legislature.

New Democrats have made inroads in key Metro Vancouver suburbs where they needed to capture Liberal seats to come close to forming government.

"I do not regret a single moment", said Horgan, who was acclaimed the party's leader in 2014. They want us to work across party lines.

The Liberals also won the popular vote by a narrow margin, with 734,018 votes (40.84%) compared to the NDP's 716,474 (39.86%) votes.

Clark said she intends to lead the next government, adding the result presents an opportunity to open up a new dialogue "about how we do things, what we should do, how we want to shape the future of our province". If there are sufficient absentee votes to change the outcome in either Courtenay/Comox or Maple Ridge/Mission, the Liberals could obtain the 44 seats necessary for a majority.

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"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.

It could take several weeks before the final seat count is confirmed, once absentee votes are counted and any judicial recounts are conducted.

The NDP leads in one riding, Courtenay-Comox, by just nine votes over the Liberals.

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

But Clark had a different interpretation, saying she reads the results as a plea to the major parties to work together more effectively.

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.

"Small parties like the Greens are forever disadvantaged by a first-past-the post system". Horgan said funding for the plan was sound.

On the West Shore, the NDP showed their support remains strong, with party leader John Horgan racing to a huge victory over challengers Cathy Noel of the Liberals and Brendan Ralfs of the Greens - that despite spending very little time personally campaigning in his Langford-Juan de Fuca riding.

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.

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