Nanaimo MLA says election uncertainty means anything is possible


"It is a non-negotiable issue for us to support either of the parties".

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

"They could enter into a coalition with the Liberals or the NDP, or they could prop up an NDP minority government or prop up a Liberal minority government", Moscrop explained.

Why? Because it only takes one B.C. Liberal MLA crossing the floor to the NDP or Greens or sitting as an independent or quitting or, god forbid, passing away, and Christy Clark no longer controls the B.C. Legislature. "And they voted for an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top", he said.

The Liberal leader also injected a note of humility on the drop in Liberal seats.

"The most important issue for us right now, the number 1 deal breaker, is banning big money in B.C. politics", said Weaver, a climate scientist who became the first Green elected to B.C.'s legislature four years ago.

As British Columbia heads into the possibility of a minority provincial government, the party with the fewest seats may have the biggest role to play in shaping the tone and policies of the new government. Clark said she is confident that when absentee ballots are counted, they will strengthen the Liberals' margin of victory.

One day ahead of the provincial election Tuesday, students cast ballots in a Student Vote parallel election put on by CIVIX, a national registered charity dedicated to building citizenship skills among young Canadians.

Harrison said it is not clear, with the Liberals still in power, how the Green Party can achieve its goals of stopping the Site C hydroelectric dam in northern B.C. and the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion from Alberta to Metro Vancouver.

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

Although Clark and Weaver have a history of working together, Weaver and Horgan's voters may have more in common. "Much will depend on what Christy Clark is willing to offer them".

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. When the election was called, the Liberals had 47 seats, the New Democrats 35, and there were three Independents, including Weaver.

They previously brought forward legislation banning union and corporate political campaign donations on seven occasions, only to see it squashed by the Liberal majority. Horgan said funding for the plan was sound.

Weaver's pitch features a disavowal of politics as usual. "LNG's not happening so let's move on to the new economy".

Bill Tieleman is a former NDP strategist.

Continued rule by the BC Liberals under Clark would largely maintain course, amid some promises to reduce MSP premiums and cap tolls on the Port Mann and Golden Ears bridges.

One of Clark's surprise moves during the campaign was to pledge to ban or tax out of viability US thermal coal exports through B.C. ports in retaliation for USA duties on softwood lumber.