BC election exposed a polarized province

A majority is 44 seats in the 87-seat legislature.

The Greens haven't said anything about who they would support in the new government.

While still short of the four seats needed for official party status, Weaver was pleased with the "first ever Green elected caucus in North America".

Premier Christy Clark now leads, with 43 seats as opposed to the NDP's 41 and the Green party's 3. Holman is in second place with the Liberals Stephen Roberts in third.

Greens hoped to gain another seat in Esquimalt-Metchosin - another vacant seat with NDP's Maurine Karagianis choosing not run for a fourth term.

Weaver, whose party doubled its popular vote to 16.7 per cent compared with the last election, looked ecstatic as he addressed supporters in Victoria.

He also stuck to policy-driven messages during the campaign and criticized the NDP for pushing voters to reject the Greens to help them oust Ms. Clark's Liberals, saying it was a form of voter suppression. "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".

Opposition leader John Horgan, appearing moments later at his election party down the block in Vancouver, declared: "A majority of British Columbians voted for a new government and I believe that is what they deserve".

The Liberals also won the popular vote by a narrow margin, with 734,018 votes (40.84%) compared to the NDP's 716,474 (39.86%) votes.

NDP leader John Horgan at rally in Hotel 540 in Kamloops March 27, 2017.

Both leaders are in communication with Weaver.

Weaver said he's prepared to negotiate with both the Liberals and NDP to see which has the most in common with the Green platform.

Clark will be thanking her lucky stars that she made numerous outreach efforts to Weaver in the past four years.

"This is truly historic".

On election night she said she is confident the party's standing may improve, with a narrow decision in Courtenay-Comox that could give the B.C. Liberals a bare majority if absentee ballots favour her candidate.

Judith Guichon has asked Clark to continue governing after the election. Morgane Oger, a New Democrat, lead most of the evening, but incument Liberal Sean Sullivan, a former Vancouver major, pulled ahead in late returns.

Kinder Morgan's Canadian unit said in a regulatory filing on Wednesday it is looking to raise up to C$1.75 billion ($1.28 billion) in an initial public offering to fund Trans Mountain. The NDP also do not support the pipeline project. Clark included a promise to "work with the other parties" in the context of a partisan stem winder speech delivered in the wee hours of the morning.

They previously brought forward legislation banning union and corporate political campaign donations on seven occasions, only to see it squashed by the Liberal majority. The Liberals shot back by highlighting donations the New Democrats received from the United Steelworkers.

Continued rule by the BC Liberals under Clark would largely maintain course, amid some promises to reduce MSP premiums and cap tolls on the Port Mann and Golden Ears bridges.

A fifth straight victory for the BC Liberals would make Clark the first woman to be re-elected premier in Canadian history.

  • Leroy Wright