Christy Clark remains BC premier until all votes counted

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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.

Election night saw the Liberals' early lead diminish as John Horgan's NDP narrowed the gap by picking up new seats in Metro Vancouver, finishing with 41 seats compared to the Liberals' 43.

A Vancouver city councillor says New Democrats have more in common with Greens than what the latter have with B.C. Liberals.

Krog said although election results are unclear, it's clear to him that voters "weren't fond of Christy Clark and they wanted change".

The Liberals took 40.9 per cent of the popular vote compared to the NDP's 39.9 per cent. "They want us to work together collaboratively and across partisan lines", said Clark, who was trying to win the party's fifth straight majority government. If there are sufficient absentee votes to change the outcome in either Courtenay/Comox or Maple Ridge/Mission, the Liberals could obtain the 44 seats necessary for a majority.

The Liberals are down four seats from the 47 they held at dissolution, while the NDP are up six seats and the Greens are up two seats.

Horgan was not ready to concede defeat, however, saying that British Columbians have waited 16 years for a new government and will have to wait a bit longer until all the votes are counted.

Greens won two former NDP ridings and helped a Liberal to win in a third by siphoning off NDP votes, she said.

The BC Greens are now elected in three ridings - leader Andrew Weaver's seat in Oak Bay-Gordon Head plus breakthroughs on Vancouver Island, including Sonia Furstenau in Cowichan Valley.

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"I think, in general, the high-profile policies in the Green platform are closer to the NDP but it's not clear that the leaders are so close, nor necessarily that their voters are", she said, noting that the popular narrative that the greens split the vote isn't supported by the results.

It's not easy being Green on British Columbia's political scene - especially for a party facing a hard choice in who it might back in a minority government.

"We have a lot of work to do and we're going to do it together", said Furstenau shortly after her victory.

"British Columbians voted today to get big money out of politics", he said. Her riding-by-riding look at the shift indicates it hurt the Liberals more often than the NDP.

NDP Leader John Horgan held a news conference shortly after, where he revealed his intention to take the reins if the final count goes in his party's favour.

Both leaders are in communication with Weaver.

Though the Greens fell short of the four seats needed for official party status, Weaver wasn't concerned when he spoke to the media Wednesday.

And, Harrison added, the current government has not released the details of the agreement with Kinder Morgan so we don't know what financial penalties might be written into it in the event a government attempt to withdraw.

"Mr. Horgan has said he would use all of the tools at his disposal but hasn't been very specific about what those are", she said.

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