Liberals win tight poll in Canada's British Columbia, lose majority

  • Liberals win tight poll in Canada's British Columbia, lose majority

Liberals win tight poll in Canada's British Columbia, lose majority

"We are waiting for the outcome of the results from the British Columbia election, and we will work with whatever - whichever - whoever forms government, and our priority is getting it right when it comes to the environment and the economy".

Weaver had requests to speak with B.C. Liberal leader Christy Clark and NDP leader John Horgan Wednesday after a preliminary vote count Tuesday night left Clark one seat short of a majority.

Weaver was the first Green elected to B.C.'s legislature four years ago when he surprisingly defeated former Liberal cabinet minister Ida Chong in Oak Bay-Gordon Head. The federal government has approved the expansion, but Ottawa and the province still have to deal with a host of First Nations communities who oppose it. Ms. Clark is also at odds with the other parties over the Site C hydroelectric dam: She supports it, the Greens oppose it and the NDP has promised to review the project.

The results aren't 100% official, however, as the final count, which includes absentee votes, are tallied between May 22nd and May 24th.

"British Columbians sent a very strong message to all sides of the legislature: They want us to work together collaboratively and across partisan lines", she said. Clark's government has posted a budget surplus for five consecutive years, making her province the only one in Canada with a AAA debt rating. The B.C. New Democrats finished just two seats back with 41, leaving the B.C. Green Party potentially in the role of kingmaker with three MLAs elected.

Cameron says in some cases where the NDP lost and the Green vote could filled the gap, like Columbia River-Revelstoke, the story isn't really the Greens.

NDP leader John Horgan spoke later in the afternoon.

The NDP campaign stepped up its attack on the Greens in the final days, warning voters that the NDP is the only party that could end the B.C. Liberal dynasty. "I think there are a lot of ways a provincial government might make noise".

Asked what he thinks of the Lieutenant Governor's choice to ask Clark to continue to lead the province, Horgan says he believes the final decision is hanging in the balance.

A woman arrives at a polling station to vote in the provincial election in the riding of Vancouver-Fraserview, in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday May 9, 2017. "If we are talking about an accord, it might be signed for a two-year period", he added. "He may have the effect of delegitimating his own party and the NDP by putting them in power".

The LNG industry is a nonstarter, he told reporters later.

"We offered people a change that they could count on and British Columbians delivered that change tonight", said Weaver.

Clark's campaign strategy marked a return to the Liberals' winning approach in 2013, when she promoted her party as the only one that could create and protect jobs while portraying the NDP as disastrous managers of the economy.

Negative ads and attacks between the NDP and the Liberals over political fundraising laws that place no limits on corporate and union donations have also been a prime part of the political debate.