Vote splitting fears not realized in election

  • Vote splitting fears not realized in election

Vote splitting fears not realized in election

"It is my intention to continue to lead British Columbia's government", Clark, 51, told supporters in downtown Vancouver.

"I will work with the other parties to do what needs to be done", provincial Premier and Liberal Party leader Christy Clark told supporters, saying she meant to continue as premier.

While saying the Green Party is focused on good policy and will work with either party, it certainly sounds like party leader Andrew Weaver has more in common with the NDP than the Liberals. "I think they want us to find ways to do things differently", Clark told reporters. "People tend to vote along party lines and I get that... but I had so many wonderful comments, I've been overwhelmed with the number of people who said, "We wish you were our candidate"... it's heartwarming, because I know I ran an honest campaign".

Based on the current results, the Greens could prop up the Liberals or form a coalition with the NDP, as 44 seats are needed for a majority.

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.

While absentee votes still need to be counted in several regions, a process that will take until 24 May, preliminary results showed the ruling right-of-centre Liberals squeaked to victory in the vote but lost their majority after 16 years in power as the left-leaning New Democratic Party (NDP) picked up seats.

Campaign finance reform: The Greens do not accept donations from corporations or unions.

Earlier Wednesday, May congratulated her provincial counterparts for doubling the party's popular vote in the province in Tuesday's election.

If Horgan happens to become premier via this election, which seems an outside possibility at this point, it would certainly bring more light to West Shore issues such as transportation and affordable housing, to name a couple.

University of B.C. political scientist Max Cameron said, if the minority government remains, the Greens could set the stage for a historic and fundamental shift in the development trajectory of the province away from fossil fuels to a green economy.

Whoever the Greens potentially choose to side with, Weaver said one issue is non-negotiable: ridding provincial politics of corporate and union donations. And here tonight, we have been presented with an opportunity by British Columbians to open a whole new dialogue in our province, in our legislature. NDP leader John Horgan had vowed to stop Kinder Morgan Inc's Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion, which the Liberals approved.

"The NDP would have done worse in this election if it were not for the Green vote", said Harrison. "They elected a really significant Green presence and certainly a lot of people voted for the Greens across the province and so I intend to listen to that".

Asked what stopped the NDP from winning, Horgan said the game was still on.

If the NDP had Green support to form a government it could possibly order more environmental or health assessments on the pipeline which would postpone the start of construction.

"This change can now be realized", May said in a statement Wednesday morning.

The Green Party led in 3 districts, headed for potentially its best performance ever.

This election is being fought on a new electoral map and 87 seats in the legislature are up for grabs, with 371 candidates vying for them.

Or it could be a B.C. Liberal MLA missing a confidence vote for the government to be defeated.