BC minority could have major implications for Alberta


In every case, the BC Liberals suffered significant losses, in some cases thousands of votes.

As of midnight PT Wednesday, the Liberals led by Christy Clark had won 43 of 87 seats in the provincial legislature, just one seat shy of being able to form a majority government.

"Small parties like the Greens are forever disadvantaged by a first-past-the post system".

Another interesting note to consider: when absentee ballots are counted for Courtney-Comox - the riding won by the NDP by just nine votes - it's possible it could swing back to the Liberals. He could demand the Liberals agree to give the Greens' official party status, even though that has required four MLAs.

Weaver's role in a potential minority was a hot topic during the final days of the campaign.

The murmer of media preparing for election fury is the only sound at Green Party headquarters at 7:30 p.m. on election night. He wants to see proportional representation and campaign financing reform. He could extract a promise that the Liberals would act on some key Green policies - like limits on corporate and union campaign donations.

Following the stunning result, Weaver made sure he spoke over the phone with both NDP Leader John Horgan and Clark.

But Weaver said the top priority for the Greens is removing the influence of big money from politics.

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. The Liberals have also presided over five consecutive balanced budgets.

Horgan said the NDP and the Green Pary share many concerns and that his focus is on issues such as childcare, healthcare, education and housing.

But Clark had a different interpretation, saying she reads the results as a plea to the major parties to work together more effectively. "We will continue to have discussions, and we know how to compromise".

However a minority scenario would likely mean negotiations between Green leader Andrew Weaver and both the NDP and Liberals.

"We offered people a change that they could count on and British Columbians delivered that change tonight", said Weaver. "And so it is by no means finished and the dynamics of the house, once it's finally constituted in the form that it's going to take, I think, will have a lot to do with what the story is from here on".

"The prospects of a four-year term aren't that great".

"The Grade 11s that are running the vote did a three-week politics and government unit, so they learned all about our Canadian government, provincial government, the democratic rights, all of the rights and freedoms that we have in Canada that are based on our right to vote and democracy", explained Martin. It wasn't going to happen then, it's not going to happen now.

She said voters sent the message they want a bigger economy, not a bigger government, while keeping middle class taxes low. Instead, he will be joined by Mr. Olsen, a former municipal councillor who worked to derail an LNG project near Victoria and was also an intervenor in the National Energy Board hearings for the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion.



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