Horgan holds hope he will be BC premier

A majority is 44 seats in the 87-seat legislature. There are also absentee ballots yet to count, so the actual mix in the Legislature will not be known for a couple of weeks.

But it's not a done deal, with a recount certain in at least one Vancouver Island riding that could still flip to the Liberals, handing them a majority. The Green Party would be the Official Opposition with 14 seats, while the BC Liberals won 12.

To which NDP leader John Horgan responded, "A majority of British Columbians voted for a new government". "But that would also mean to do that he has to back the loser". "Andrew Weaver has to stick-handle through this very carefully". We won't censor or delete comments unless they contain off-topic statements or links, unnecessary vulgarity, false facts, spam or obviously fake profiles.

The idea of voting strategically was not as popular in this election as it was in the 2015 federal election.

NDP-Green vote splitting may also have helped the Liberals in three of Richmond's four ridings.

"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.

"British Columbians did tell us tonight that they want us to do some things differently", Clark told hundreds of supporters who had gathered in downtown Vancouver.

It's not easy being Green, says Andrew Weaver, but it's exciting when you have a Green caucus.

"Our No. 1 priority is removing the influence of big money from government", Mr. Weaver said.

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"What a historic day for British Columbia", he said.

Asked about reports of bad blood between the two men, Weaver said that he and Horgan are both "passionate" people.

Horgan did not take questions from reporters, however, so the one question on everyone's minds went unanswered: Could he work with the Green Party to form a coalition that would deny the Liberals governing power? Even after it was corrected, the claim raced through social media for days, fuelled by the fury of NDP supporters at the thought of the Greens propping up Clark.

But he said the Greens, who do not accept political donations from corporations or unions, are committed to removing them entirely from B.C. politics.

Harrison said it is not clear, with the Liberals still in power, how the Green Party can achieve its goals of stopping the Site C hydroelectric dam in northern B.C. and the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion from Alberta to Metro Vancouver.

The potential minority situation has Premier Christy Clark talking up how much she values the Greens, who until now, had been essentially a fringe party with a single MLA.

"LNG project approvals would be easier for the province to unilaterally reverse", compared to federally approved pipelines, Hoberg said.

The election of a minority government in British Columbia already has political parties pondering common ground between them as everybody awaits the final results. Clark's vow to hold the line on carbon tax for four years will not sit well with Weaver.

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