British Columbia Liberals hang on to win minority government

Pacific time on Wednesday, the Liberals held 43 seats, the NDP 41 and the Greens 3.

Horgan said he and Weaver agree that the Liberals have failed British Columbians on many issues.

But all of it may be a moot point with more than 170,000 absentee ballots that won't even be counted until May 22, some of the razor-thin ridings may flip entirely, delivering one party or another a majority of seats in the legislature.

It has been a big night for the Green Party picking up a couple seats on the Island.

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.

Don't forget this is a Liberal party that defied the pollsters and pundits by scoring a massive upset victory in the 2013 election and by most political indicators, Clark should have cruised to yet another win.

Clark also appeared to be doing her best to woo the Green Party supporters and its three members of the legislature, including leader Andrew Weaver.

Green Party leader Andrew Weaver, who now faces a hard choice in deciding whether to back the Liberals in a minority government, told reporters Wednesday that he is willing to negotiate with the other two parties.

On a provincial scale, this means that the Liberals will now be faced with following through with several large promises: a balanced budget and strong GDP growth, reduced MSP rates for some citizens, eventually phasing out health-care premiums all together.

Horgan and Weaver each walked out to speak to their supporters at the same time, forcing CBC to cut away from Weaver's speech in order to air Horgan's.

Finance Minister Mike de Jong was the lone BC Liberal to claim the student vote.

"British Columbians have waited 16 years for a government that works for them, and we're going to have to ask you to wait a little bit longer until all the votes are counted and the final results of this election are known", Horgan told a cheering crowd.

The NDP already endorse Weaver's two preconditions for a coalition with the Green Party.

In this case, a spokesperson for Christy Clark tells CKNW Judith Guichon had that conversation with her Wednesday morning.

The BC Liberals would have the first option to seek the confidence of the house, which means seeking the support of the Green Party. "And they voted for an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top", Horgan said.

NDP's Mitzi Dean has taken the lead with the Liberal and Green candidate splitting the remaining votes.

"I think people are exhausted (and) I think we can show B.C. what we're about". All those positions are supported, at least to some degree, by the New Democrats.

Weaver also does not want to see the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

"I suspect other parties would be crawling over themselves to actually offer us official party status in light of where we stand today".

In September a year ago, the Greens banned corporate and union donations.

Students sent BC Liberal leader Christy Clark down to defeat with NDP challenger Shelley Cook earning 35.8 per cent of the vote to Clark's 32.1.

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