Clark, Horgan, Weaver all say they're willing to work with other parties

Speaking in Toronto Wednesday, Alberta Premier Rachel Notely jokingly thanked the voters of British Columbia for making Tuesday's election "interesting" and precluding her from congratulating a victor at this point.

NDP leader John Horgan and BC Green Party leader Andrew Weaver also won their respective ridings.

"We're starting negotiations tomorrow", said Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver, calling the election "a historic day for British Columbia". "I've worked with Dr. Weaver in the past and he's a smart and thoughtful guy".

The Liberals won 43 seats, the NDP won 41 and the Greens won 3.

Elections BC says absentee ballots won't be counted until May 22, and there may be recounts in some close ridings.

Many ridings were close races, none more so than Courtenay-Comox on Vancouver Island, where the NDP candidate beat the Liberal by nine votes.

Elementary and high school students from all 87 electoral districts in B.C. voted today and handed the NDP a majority government. It takes 45 seats to have a clear majority, as the governing party selects one of its members as the Speaker, who only votes to break ties.

Horgan said that the NDP and the Green Party can work on that initiative in the legislature.

Horgan and Clark have drawn different lessons from Tuesday's results. "It is my intention to continue to lead British Columbia".

A Liberal campaign focused on economic growth, job creation and balanced budgets did not inspire middle-class voters in the Lower Mainland whose incomes have not kept pace with the rising cost of living, where homeownership is becoming a distant dream and rental properties are few and far between.

Horgan blamed Clark for the softwood tariff, saying that if she had managed the file better the duties could have been avoided.

NDP Leader John Horgan said Wednesday he wasn't ready to discuss making deals until the vote count is complete, but in the final days of the campaign he called on Green voters to support the NDP, citing the common goals they share.

The final results of British Columbia's election are still not in, but already experts are predicting an unstable government that is unlikely to last a full four-year term.

Pipelines: The Greens do not support the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project and will work to stop it from proceeding. Before the results were announced, Olsen joked with Mike Schrenier, Green Party of Ontario leader, that the only pipelines they would build would transport beer between the two provinces.

But Clark's single most important priority - developing a liquefied natural gas industry - is a non-starter for Weaver, a former climate change scientist who has fought against LNG. The losers? Anyone who expected election night to decide things.

In the run up to the election, Weaver said that he had three make or break issues when it came to propping up a party in power, including ending corporate and union donations, a referendum on some form proportional representation, and a significant increase in education funding. "That would be the long-term win for them so maybe that's one on which they would be willing to take that risk in supporting the NDP to achieve".

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