How the Greens could wield power in a minority government

Judith Guichon asked her to stay on as premier.

If the results hold, the Green party would hold the balance of power in the Legislature with its historic three-seat victory.

If the result holds and no party gets a majority, Weaver will be in the remarkable position of deciding whether the next government is Liberal or NDP.

There will be at least one recount after the NDP won in Courtenay-Comox but just nine votes.

Andrew Wilkinson, advanced education minister in Clark's government, said definitive results might not be available until the end of the month when absentee ballots and judicial recounts must be completed.

He suggested he saw no reasons why a minority government "can't last a full term" of four years. Asked several times if she accepts personal responsibility, Clark avoided a direct answer.

But it's likely British Columbia is heading into unfamiliar territory, with a high probability of the first minority government since 1952 when W.A.C. Bennett enlisted the support of the lone Labour MLA to take charge.

Clark says she believes there was a very strong message sent by British Columbians: "they want us to work together collaboratively and across party lines".

The party lost in the northern riding of Skeena, which the Liberals haven't picked up since 2001, but picked up seats across Metro Vancouver, knocking off four cabinet ministers, including Attorney General Suzanne Anton, TransLink Minister Peter Fassbender, and Naomi Yamamoto in North Vancouver-Lonsdale - a riding that hasn't gone orange since 1991, when the vote was split on the right.

An unlikely but still possible scenario could see a coalition government of the NDP and Greens, the combination of which would have won in a dozen more ridings if not for vote splitting.

Weaver said it's too early for him to say whether he would back the Liberals or New Democrats but he was willing to compromise and was scheduled to meet with both Clark and Horgan on Wednesday afternoon. "But it's also our job to always remember who it is that we serve and that we need to stay focused on the things that matter to ordinary British Columbians". Or he can stay out of her government and instead simply agree to support the Liberals.

"There were three cases where the Greens seems to have directly or indirectly hurt the NDP", said Harrison.

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.

"I think there's two major issues that are very important to both parties and these are obvious ones and they're no-cost items, as well", he said.

"There are people out there who feel that smear and slur are the ways to win elections", Weaver said after voting in his Victoria-area riding Tuesday. "John Horgan has already signalled the basis of the deal".

British Columbia Premier Christy Clark waves to the crowd before making a speech at the B.C Liberal election party in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The party's first priority, he said, will be removing big money from politics.

It comes on the heels of a cliffhanger election that left the province with a minority parliament, and the Liberals apparently in the driver's seat holding 43 seats to the NDP's 41.

  • Zachary Reyes