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Green vote helped NDP more than Liberals, says UBC prof

Green vote helped NDP more than Liberals, says UBC prof

Federal Green Party Leader Elizabeth May says she can't insert herself into the discussion, but pointed to the Green Party's platform.

It's the first time the province has seen a minority since 1952-1953.

The NDP leads in one riding, Courtenay-Comox, by just nine votes over the Liberals.

"The whole finance reform, the Greens and the NDP are very close that Christy Clark can never offer that", Stevenson said. "So tonight is the beginning of something very different, and something which I think could be really exciting for the future of our province and for our kids".

The province's lieutenant-governor asked BC Liberal Leader Christy Clark to continue as premier with a minority of 43 seats Wednesday.

As the incumbent, Clark has the first shot at heading a minority government - a task made easier because she won the most seats and the popular vote - but acknowledged she would need to work with other parties to get things done.

"Whether it's a majority or minority government that I lead, we are going to work hard with other parties ... and accept the message from the voters who clearly want us to do things differently".

Horgan, whose party was heavily outspent in advertising by the BC Liberals, was still holding out hope he would become premier.

"The majority of British Columbians voted for a new government and I believe that's what they deserve".

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.

It's still possible that the final election result, two weeks hence, could be a squeaker of a Liberal majority.

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"There were three cases where the Greens seems to have directly or indirectly hurt the NDP", said Harrison. "They want us to work across party lines".

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.

"The pipeline in particular, that puts that whole project in a precarious position", he said. She was chosen as leader of the Liberals in 2011 and staged a come-from-behind victory in 2013, the Liberals fourth consecutive majority.

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.

Our interactive results tracker above will update in real time as votes are counted.

Even after the final results are announced May 24, tight finishes could trigger judicial recounts.

The leaders spent election day on a final push to get out votes after a sometimes bruising 28-day campaign fought on jobs, the economy and the influence of big donors in provincial politics.

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.

Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose suggested Wednesday she's anxious what the British Columbia election result means for Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline, with the possibility the Greens could help the NDP form a minority government.

Liberal cabinet ministers who were defeated Tuesday included Peter Fassbender in Surrey-Fleetwood, Suzanne Anton in Vancouver-Fraserview, Amrik Virk in Surrey-Guildford and Naomi Yamamoto in North Vancouver-Lonsdale.


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