BC Greens gain two more seats in 2017 provincial election

Trevor Jackson
May 15, 2017

Global News has learned B.C.'s Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon has asked Clark to continue governing the province while the uncertainty around election results continues.

The Student Vote process saw NDP leader John Horgan take his own Langford-Juan de Fuca seat with 55.7 per cent of the vote, while Green leader Andrew Weaver was returned to his seat in Oak Bay-Gordon Head with 48.9 per cent of the votes. She loses majority in British Columbia Legislature, will likely lose her job.

The NDP won one riding by only nine votes, making a recount a certainty that will determine the difference between a minority and majority if it were to flip to the Liberals.

That vote will be destined for a recount, and could be vulnerable to absentee ballots that won't be counted for almost two weeks, between May 22 and 24.

"I believe that puts me in a good position to make the argument... that I'm in a better position than Ms. Clark to lead a government that will address the issues that matter to people", Horgan said.

Clark acknowledged the race isn't over yet, and said she interpreted the initial results of the vote as a call for bipartisan cooperation.

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British Columbia's election hangs in the balance with thousands of votes still to be counted, kicking off weeks of speculation and backroom negotiations with the newly influential Green party.

The Liberals lost seats in Metro Vancouver and several cabinet ministers were defeated.

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

Horgan and Weaver each walked out to speak to their supporters at the same time, forcing CBC to cut away from Weaver's speech in order to air Horgan's.

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While Horgan said it's clear British Columbians want change after 16 years under the Liberals, Clark said she reads the result as a plea to the parties to work together.

In addition, the absentee ballots have not been counted yet, which means that the final count by Elections BC between May 22 and 24 could still change the outcome.

Its leader, Andrew Weaver, a Cambridge-trained climate scientist who left an accomplished academic career to become a politician, had refused before the election to say which party he would support in a potential minority government.

They previously brought forward legislation banning union and corporate political campaign donations on seven occasions, only to see it squashed by the Liberal majority.

"British Columbians voted today to get big money out of politics", he said.

"It's entirely possible, first of all, that it won't be a minority government", he said.

If the NDP keeps the riding, a deal with the Green Party could create a coalition with 44 seats.

The Liberals are down four seats from the 47 they held at dissolution, while the NDP are up six seats and the Greens are up two seats.

Even though a majority of British Columbians voted for parties that oppose the pipeline, McKenna said the federal government is sticking by its support for twinning the Trans Mountain pipeline.

"BC Greens have said we can work with anyone", Weaver said.

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