Now what? Election puts BC into political parts unknown

Speaking at a campaign office in her riding, Clark said she's confident the Liberals have done everything they could to reach voters over the past four weeks of campaigning.

"Much will depend on what Christy Clark is willing to offer them".

With the vote count not complete, the Liberals, which are not linked to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's federal Liberal Party, had won 43 seats in the 87-seat provincial legislature.

"All three leaders gave victory speeches last night", UBC political science professor Gerald Baier said with a laugh at a post-election forum Wednesday morning.

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.

But for now, the real power doesn't actually rest in Clark's hands, despite her party falling just one seat shy of a majority.

Clark, 51, told supporters early Wednesday she intends to remain premier.

If elected, the NDP promises to hold a provincial referendum on adopting a system of proportional representation.

British Columbia Premier Christy Clark's Liberal Party was neck-and-neck with the left-leaning New Democratic Party (NDP) in an election that could mean uncertainty for multi-billion-dollar energy projects.

Clark noted that her party won the largest share of the popular vote as well as the most seats.

Horgan says he has now spoken with both Clark and Weaver.

"I believe that puts me in a good position to make the argument... that I'm in a better position than Ms. Clark to lead a government that will address the issues that matter to people", Horgan said.

"They could enter into a coalition with the Liberals or the NDP, or they could prop up an NDP minority government or prop up a Liberal minority government", Moscrop explained.

"It doesn't seem to me looking at this that there are a lot of seats that the NDP didn't pick up because of the Greens", he says.

"There's still 176,000 seconds on the clock and I'm going to wait to see what the final outcome is", he said, referring to the number of absentee ballots still to be counted.

NDP leader John Horgan also confirmed he had met with Weaver and that they agreed that the Liberals have "failed" on childcare, affordable housing, and protecting B.C.'s coast against potential harms from increased tanker traffic. The NDP has promised to ban the donations, while the Liberals have said they'll convene a panel to review them. "It bodes well for doing politics differently in this province", said Weaver.

"The Prime Minister has been clear that you wouldn't get a serious climate plan with a price on pollution without pipelines, and you wouldn't get pipelines without a price on pollution", she said linking a carbon tax to improving oil transportation.

"It's easier to imagine a deal between the Greens and the NDP - not personality wise, but on substance".

New Democrat Leader John Horgan voted at an advance poll.

But it may be a while before British Columbians know which way the power will shift in the province.

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. The Green Party won three seats, but is now poised to have disproportionate sway.

  • Leroy Wright