Liberals win tight poll in Canada's British Columbia, lose majority


As of midnight PT Wednesday, the Liberals led by Christy Clark had won 43 of 87 seats in the provincial legislature, just one seat shy of being able to form a majority government.

Clark, noting the Liberals had won both the popular vote and the most seats, told party supporters in Vancouver Tuesday night that it was her "intention to continue to lead British Columbia".

British Columbia faces a two-week period of uncertainty until the final results are in from its tight election race, when it will become clearer whether the province has a minority or majority government.

However, the Greens' and New Democrats' stance on electoral reform may be a deal breaker with the Liberals, Harrison said.

So far the BC Liberals have stacked up about 40.9. per cent of the popular vote, to 39.9 per cent for the NDP and 16.6 per cent for the Greens.

Solomon initially thought Grade 4 and 5 students might be too young for the vote, but she's since changed her mind.

Weaver was the first Green elected to B.C.'s legislature four years ago when he surprisingly defeated former Liberal cabinet minister Ida Chong in Oak Bay-Gordon Head.

Throughout the campaign, Weaver was unwilling to say whether he would prefer to work with the Liberals or the NDP - and now he could choose either.

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

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.

As we wait for absentee ballots to be counted, the big question today is whether leaders of the NDP and Greens could form a coalition.

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"He's a smart, thoughtful, reasonable guy, and so we've found places where we can work together".

The Green Party tripled its seats from the last election, positioning the party to hold the balance of power in a minority government.

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NDP leader John Horgan, meanwhile, is holding out hope that he will be premier once all ballots are counted, and recounted, by May 24.

However a minority scenario would likely mean negotiations between Green leader Andrew Weaver and both the NDP and Liberals.

That's why Tim Stevenson is very hopeful that the B.C. NDP and Green Party will be able to work together in a new government following the closely contested May 9 election.

"Small parties like the Greens are forever disadvantaged by a first-past-the post system".

Speaking at a campaign office in her riding, Clark said she's confident the Liberals have done everything they could to reach voters over the past four weeks of campaigning.

NDP Leader John Horgan opposes Kinder Morgan's C$7.4 billion ($5.4 billion) Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion and has also expressed reservations about the $27 billion Pacific Northwest liquefied natural gas terminal that Malaysia's Petronas wants to build.

"Mr. Horgan has said he would use all of the tools at his disposal but hasn't been very specific about what those are", she said.