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It appears BC has its first minority government in 65 years

16 Mai 2017

Not surprisingly, a B.C. election with what many believed had no single polarizing issue left the province in a near dead heat between the BC Liberals and NDP, with the BC Greens bumping their seats to three and playing the role of potential majority spoiler.

The key seats remaining in play that continue to be too close to call between the NDP and Liberals include Courtenay-Comox, Richmond-Queensborough, and Vancouver-False Creek, where former Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan holds a narrow lead for the Liberals over the NDP's Morgane Oger, who would become B.C.'s first transsexual MLA if elected.

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 stunning outcome gave B.C. its first minority government in 65 years, with Weaver's party holding the balance of power.

The Greens doubled their popular vote from eight per cent in 2013 to 16 per cent Tuesday, said Kathryn Harrison of UBC.

In a news conference, Clark confirmed that British Columbia Lt. -Gov.

A party official said Clark had spoken with Green Leader Andrew Weaver and that the two party heads have a proven track record of working together. "This campaign is not over until all ballots are counted".

"British Columbians did tell us they want us to do things differently". The Liberals could attempt to govern on their own, and negotiate on an issue-by-issue basis with opposition parties-including the Greens, who would hold the balance of power-or they could attempt to form a (possibly more stable) governing coalition that invites MLAs from another party-again, likely the Greens-into the provincial cabinet.

"I want to work with him, I really do, and I've tried and I've continued to try but he's got to control his temper".

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.

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. "Elections don't go wrong; elections go as they go".

If the NDP had Green support to form a government it could possibly order more environmental or health assessments on the pipeline which would postpone the start of construction.

In September past year, the Greens banned corporate and union donations.

No matter how diplomatic Weaver can be, this is not a relationship that can work for long.

Clark, for her part, has worked well in the past with Weaver. The federal government has approved the expansion, but Ottawa and the province still have to deal with a host of First Nations communities who oppose it. Ms. Clark is also at odds with the other parties over the Site C hydroelectric dam: She supports it, the Greens oppose it and the NDP has promised to review the project.

It appears BC has its first minority government in 65 years