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How the Greens could wield power in a minority government

19 Mai 2017

Clark has campaigned around the province with her BC Liberal team and is expected to make her way to Vancouver this evening to join the BC Liberal party as the election results come in, once the polls close at 8 p.m.in B.C.

Weaver could still try to cut a deal with the BC Liberals.

"We both agree the BC Liberals have failed British Columbians in a number of areas, and we have a range of issues in common but our focus is on the people of British Columbia".

"Tonight is the beginning of something very different".

Clark, 51, told supporters early Wednesday she intends to remain premier. Greens won two former NDP ridings and helped a Liberal to win in a third by siphoning off NDP votes, she said.

Horgan sought to portray Clark as out of touch with regular British Columbians who feel the economy is not working for them, while Weaver cast the Greens as political outsiders.

Weaver confirmed that he had met with NDP leader John Horgan, and that the two leaders agreed on many issues, including education and income disparity. "That's a condition that we made as part of our agreement moving forward".

But the Liberal win spells the likely death knell of thermal coal exports through British Columbia.

But his support wasn't just limited to family and close friends, Green Party supporters from across the country were in attendance and lending a hand with the campaign.

And Green leader Andrew Weaver also had a stunning breakthrough, doubling the party's last vote to 16% and tripling their seats.

Green Party leader Andrew Weaver easily won his seat again in Oak Bay-Gordon Head but unlike previous sessions of the legislature, he won't be the sole MLA for the party.

Weaver said negotiations on what his party's role would be would begin Wednesday.

The Liberals, in power since 2001, were projected to be ahead in 43 districts, and the NDP in 41 - both short of a majority in the province's 87 seats, according to preliminary results tabulated by CBC.

Local students elected NDP incumbent Katrine Conroy with 46.59 per cent of the vote, while Sam Tory, BC Green Party candidate received 32.16 per cent of the vote, and Jim Postnikoff, BC Liberal Party candidate, received 21.25 per cent of the vote.

During his non-concession, non-victory speech late Tuesday night, he encouraged supporters to "hang tight" until all the absentee and mail-in ballots are counted and said the majority of British Columbians voted for change.

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

"The game's not over, there's still 176,000 seconds left on the clock, and I'm going to wait and see what the final outcome was", Horgan said referring to the approximate 176,000 absentee ballots that won't be counted until May 24.

The 2017 provincial election will be remembered as a great night for the BC Green Party.

Liberal cabinet ministers who were defeated Tuesday included Peter Fassbender in Surrey-Fleetwood, Suzanne Anton in Vancouver-Fraserview, Amrik Virk in Surrey-Guildford and Naomi Yamamoto in North Vancouver-Lonsdale.

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.

How the Greens could wield power in a minority government