The BC Liberals win a minority government

Key seats that ended the night too close to call include Courtenay-Comox, where the NDP's Ronna-Rae Leonard holds a razor-thin nine-vote lead over Liberal Jim Benninger. Absentee ballots - about 160,000 - aren't counted and included in the results until May 24.

What had been an early Liberal lead has largely dissolved, with the NDP pulling even and at times taking the lead in the seat tally.

The Greens received eight per cent of the popular vote in the 2013 election along with their lone seat, but Weaver boldly forecasted gains in areas of NDP strength on Vancouver Island and the Kootenays.

In Surrey-Fleetwood, Liberal candidate Peter Fassbender (Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development and Minister Responsible for TransLink) was defeated by former MLA Jagrup Brar in a tale of sweet revenge. "That's a condition that we made as part of our agreement moving forward". But the mood became more tense as the evening progressed, and faces became more serious as the NDP began to catch up.

Campaign financing and electoral reform is one policy that aligns with NDP policy. British Columbians voted for action for action on climate change.

Horgan says he has now spoken with both Clark and Weaver.

Asked about the possibility of co-operating with the Greens, Horgan said he is interested in improving public health, education, child care and housing.

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.

Norman Ruff, a professor emeritus of political science at the University of Victoria, said Wednesday it's more likely the Liberals or the NDP would enter some kind of deal with the Greens in exchange for their support in propping up the government.

Students sent BC Liberal leader Christy Clark down to defeat with NDP challenger Shelley Cook earning 35.8 per cent of the vote to Clark's 32.1.

"I think the parties will be falling all over themselves to offer official party status", he said.

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers industry lobby group, whose members depend on export routes such as Trans Mountain, said: "We're prepared to continue to advocate for our interests".

Last night's provincial election was nuts. "I've been saying this for four years now". British Columbians voted today for proportional representation. It wasn't going to happen then, it's not going to happen now. Added Wever, later: "Let us move on to the new economy".

"And if Mr. Weaver and others want to join me, I'm happy to do that".

How might a Liberal minority government actually play out?

The NDP garnered 41 seats, and the Greens finished with three seats, leaving Weaver to determine whether to side with the Liberals or the New Democrats in a minority government situation. Nothing will be decided for the next two weeks, he said. The NDP had only a marginal 0.14 per cent bump in popular support to 39.85 per cent. But those projects have already been approved, they've already gone through court cases.

"Constitutionally, the federal government might have the upper hand. but the BC government could force significant delays", he said.

"The pipeline in particular, that puts that whole project in a precarious position", he said. So nuts, in fact, that it's a little hard to tell who's actually running the province right now. But nonetheless, signals of uncertainty and unpredictability scare away investors.

Campaign manager Scott Colbourne said after talking with Holman and supporters, "we're holding tight on this".

"But to do that, he has to back the loser", said Johnston.


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