How the Greens could wield power in a minority government

Christy Clark working the phones on election day

Christy Clark working the phones on election day

British Columbia's upstart Green party achieved the historic political breakthrough they were looking for on Tuesday, winning three seats and holding the balance of power as no party won enough seats to form a majority government.

The ridings that need to be checked are Courtenay-Comox, where the BC NDP candidate won by only nine votes and Maple Ridge-Mission where there's a difference of 120 votes.

But Weaver said it was too soon to say whether he will back the NDP or Liberals in B.C.'s new minority parliament.

"I'm prepared to work with anyone who want to make life better for British Columbians", he said, listing a number of a pieces of the NDP platform.

While the dramatic cliffhanger B.C. election left many questions unanswered, one thing is clear - B.C. Liberal Premier Christy Clark is finished. And with absentee ballots still to be counted, I am confident that they will strengthen our margin of victory.

As for her plans for a coalition government, Clark says she will be awaiting final results. They got 43, which is still a plurality of seats, and in minority situations, the party with a plurality is traditionally the first to be invited to form a government.

NDP Leader Horgan reached out to Green voters in his election night speech, mentioning issues that resonate with both parties.

"It is my intention to continue to lead British Columbia", she said.

Clark hugs her son after speaking to Liberal supporters. "In days ahead there will be discussions taking lace between all parties, now is not the time, now is the time for Greens to celebrate".

During the campaign, Weaver said in a media interview that Horgan needs to control his temper. But that handful of seats, mostly in Metro Vancouver, has changed the landscape of the whole province.

The New Democrats also swept all four ridings in Burnaby, where the prospect of increased tanker traffic from the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion loomed large.

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.

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.

The party did well in rural and Interior B.C., where their pro-resource job message appeared to resonate.

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

When the campaign kicked off April 11, the Liberals held 47 of the Legislature's 85 seats, the NDP had 35, the Greens one and there was one independent.

If elected, the NDP promises to hold a provincial referendum on adopting a system of proportional representation. The province has Canada's lowest unemployment rate and has led the country in economic growth two years in a row.

He insisted throughout that he was willing to work with either main party, although the bitterness between him and NDP leader John Horgan was on display many times during Weaver's four years as a lone Green MLA.

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