BC Greens face stickhandling act in deciding which party it would back

  • BC Greens face stickhandling act in deciding which party it would back

BC Greens face stickhandling act in deciding which party it would back

The balance of power is likely held by the Green Party, headed by an academic and climate change specialist named Andrew Weaver, which took three seats on Vancouver Island. The New Democrats won a seat across the water in North Vancouver. Recounts and absentee ballots could still sway the final tally, such as with the Courtenay-Comox riding swinging to the NDP by a mere nine votes. This election won't be decided for at least two weeks, when absentee ballots are counted and recounts are complete. And Andrew Weaver's Green party even threatened at times to secure the balance of power in a minority government.

BC Liberal candidate, Tom Shypitka took 57 per cent of the vote share with 9114. Neither can form government without Green support. "British Columbians voted today for proportional representation".

The mood at the NDP headquarters at the convention centre was jubilant throughout the night.

One common ground he cited is electoral reform.

But while Clark's remarks had the tone of a victory speech, BC NDP Leader John Horgan told an equally boisterous crowd he had no plans to concede quite yet.

British Columbia had the highest rate of economic growth among Canada's provinces in 2015 and is projected to have repeated that performance in 2016.

But his support wasn't just limited to family and close friends, Green Party supporters from across the country were in attendance and lending a hand with the campaign. The B.C. Liberals are the party that approved the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which is set to start construction in the fall.

"I was the house leader for the opposition and we worked together on making sure he got access in the legislature", Horgan said. "We will continue to have discussions, and we know how to compromise".

Without a 44-seat majority in the legislature, either the Liberals or NDP would have to negotiate with the Greens to form a government.

The Student Vote program for the 2017 British Columbia provincial election was coordinated in partnership with Elections BC. "And it's something that I think could be very exciting for the future of our province".

Shortly before 1 a.m. Weaver, who won his seat in Oak Bay-Gordon Head handily addressed the crowd gathered in Victoria at the Delta Ocean Pointe Hotel.

Missing the mark four years ago by roughly 300 votes, Olsen noted he wasn't going to be in that position again and has spent the past term learning more about what it means to be an MLA.

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

That project has already been approved by both the provincial and federal governments, however. The last time there was a minority government in the province was 1952.

Premier Rachel Notley hasn't commented on the election results so far. I'm not sure if we can really say that we have a victor tonight.

"I want to work with him, I really do, and I've tried and I've continued to try but he's got to control his temper". "The only thing I said was, 'Well, you're going to have to be accountable at the end, when the other groups challenge you and ask you questions". But nonetheless, signals of uncertainty and unpredictability scare away investors. The province was watching; many voters remain unfamiliar with the third party and the man who leads it. "If we're seen as reliable or unpredictable, that is not healthy for the economy".

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