BC Greens begin talks with other parties


So nuts, in fact, that it's a little hard to tell who's actually running the province right now. The lieutenant governor is involved. "Partisan politics? We're not interested".

"So it is my intention to continue to lead British Columbia's government". And with absentee ballots still to be counted, I am confident that they will strengthen our margin of victory.

Bill Tieleman is a former NDP strategist.

"The big win for the Green Party is electoral reform because small parties like the Greens are forever disadvantaged by a first-past-the-post system".

She said voters sent the message they want a bigger economy, not a bigger government, while keeping middle class taxes low.

"We're starting negotiations tomorrow", said Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver, calling the election "a historic day for British Columbia".

Which ridings could still flip?

Westlake took this one: "Those are the three". Unless these results change, BC's LNG dreams may be over. It's just not clear whether Kinder Morgan's shareholders and partners will now make a final investment decision on the $7.4 billion, given the uncertainties that a minority government pose. "What they would do after is another question".

If the result holds and no party gets a majority, Weaver will be in the remarkable position of deciding whether the next government is Liberal or NDP.

"Voters really hate having the plug pulled very soon after an election and have to go back to the polls", she said.

The election didn't end on election night.

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In Weaver's case, that could also mean supporting the NDP to achieve his goals.

"Neither party ruled out a coalition", wrote Westlake. However, it remains one seat short of the four seats needed to gain official party status under the Provincial Constitution Act.

"I've had a good relationship in working with Dr. Weaver in the past", she said. 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. "It wouldn't be formalized, and there wouldn't be members of the opposition parties in cabinet". "We'll get decisions but they will take longer, they will often be more complicated because there will be layered issues in those compromises". And another party would be able to try to form government, or else we'd go to another election. "Much will depend on what Christy Clark is willing to offer them". They elected a really significant Green presence and certainly a lot of people voted for the Greens across the province.

"Substantively, it's easier to imagine a deal between the Greens and the NDP - not personality wise, but on substance".

The mood at the NDP headquarters at the convention centre was jubilant throughout the night.

According to Weaver, Horgan has "exploded" on him "multiple times" in the past.

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

Horgan said he also looks forward to a final result by May 22, with thousands of votes still to be counted. This isn't true in all ridings.

Weaver heralded the breakthrough of his candidates on Vancouver Island.

This isn't something unique to the Greens.

The difference between the Liberals and NDP in the popular vote on Tuesday was about 17,800 votes in favour of Clark's party.