Christy Clark remains BC premier until all votes counted


When the campaign kicked off April 11, the Liberals held 47 of the Legislature's 85 seats, the NDP had 35, the Greens one and there was one independent.

A formal coalition between the Liberals and BC Greens would upset 49 per cent of voters, and slightly fewer (45 per cent) would be upset with a coalition featuring the NDP and Greens. NDP's Mitzi Dean has taken the lead with the Liberal and Green candidate splitting the remaining votes.

The Greens, with three seats, can now decide who forms the next government.

"I think, in general, the high-profile policies in the Green platform are closer to the NDP but it's not clear that the leaders are so close, nor necessarily that their voters are", she said, noting that the popular narrative that the greens split the vote isn't supported by the results.

However the final vote count will not be completed tonight.

The final results of British Columbia's election are still not in, but experts already see scenarios for an unstable provincial government that is unlikely to last a full four-year term.

Recounting a phone conversation he had with Weaver on election night, Horgan said the two leaders agreed that the long-governing Liberals have failed British Columbians on a range of issues, from child care to housing affordability. "Our way is to inspire people to get out to vote". There are also absentee ballots yet to count, so the actual mix in the Legislature will not be known for a couple of weeks. 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. "What do we want to leave for our kids that is better than we found it".

"My focus is on the people of British Columbia and if Mr. Weaver and others want to join with me, I am happy to do that".

Although some believe minority governments can be effective, and force opponents to work together for the good of the population, history suggests otherwise. "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.

George Hoberg, professor of environmental and natural resource policy at the University of British Columbia, said the situation could create uncertainties and makes building the project politically hard.

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.

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Weaver heralded the breakthrough of his candidates on Vancouver Island. "Now is not the time for those discussions. Now is the time for all Greens across the country to celebrate".

Officially, Clark remains premier until the government loses a confidence vote in the legislature.

Whoever the Greens potentially choose to side with, Weaver said one issue is non-negotiable: ridding provincial politics of corporate and union donations.

Some of the parties not on the grownup ballot Tuesday included the Namaste Liberals, the Leafy Greens and the Maroctiv Pats, a hard-right party.

Explore our interactive results tracker above to navigate to results for individual ridings.

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The Clark-led Liberals have championed huge development projects, a $10 billion dam on the Peace River, a bridge over the Fraser River larger than what Washington's highway department once wanted to build across Lake Washington. Clark included a promise to "work with the other parties" in the context of a partisan stem winder speech delivered in the wee hours of the morning.

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.

The outcome marks something of a defeat for the BC NDP, who led the polls early in the campaign and managed a relatively gaffe-free campaign.

But premier Clark is the big loser.