Christy Clark remains BC premier until all votes counted

Posted May 19, 2017

Christy Clark told reporters on Tuesday that she'd met with the lieutenant-governor and been asked to continue on as Wednesday, and that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had called to congratulate her.

After the initial results were in Tuesday, Horgan said the outcome shows British Columbians want a change in government after 16 years under the Liberals. The party took several Liberal ridings in the city of Vancouver and won a handful of battleground ridings in the suburbs of Metro Vancouver, including seats in Surrey, Coquitlam and Delta.

Not surprisingly, a B.C. election with what many believed had no single polarizing issue left the province in a near dead heat between the BC Liberals and NDP, with the BC Greens bumping their seats to three and playing the role of potential majority spoiler. "It is a non-negotiable issue for us to support either of the parties".

"There is a counterfactual claim you could make which is if we assume that most Green supporters are more comfortable with the NDP than the Liberals, or at least more than half of them are, then if that vote were redistributed back to the two parties the NDP in that case might have benefited", he says, pointing to Fraser-Nicola as one such possibility. "That was a really strong message that the citizens of British Columbia sent us".

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 said he's prepared to negotiate with both the Liberals and NDP to see which has the most in common with the Green platform.

"What happened in this election is the Greens doubled their vote, they tripled their representation", she said from the government's offices at Canada Place in downtown Vancouver.

There were approximately 51,000 absentee ballots in the 2013 election, and Elections BC will make its final count of this year's ballots between May 22 and 24.

Horgan says his staff have been following up with the Greens with more plans to meet in the coming days and weeks ahead.

As far as past conflict with Horgan, Weaver says they are both passionate people who are passionate about people.

"On a political junkie's level, it's very exciting and it was an exciting evening", he said.

"Christy Clark as the sitting premier will have the first crack at forming a government".

"It's easier to imagine a deal between the Greens and the NDP - not personality wise, but on substance".

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.

Johnston said if the results remain a Liberal minority government with the Greens holding the balance of power, Weaver has to be careful.

Weaver reminded voters that his party was the only one to ban corporate and union donations and his promises included electoral reform, increasing the carbon tax and investing millions in clean technology jobs. Supporting minority governments is usually perilous for the smaller parties, he said.

"I've worked with Dr. Weaver in the past and he's a smart and thoughtful guy". "Optically, that's not great".