BC election exposed a polarized province

The political commentariate is ruminating over the dozens of "what if?" scenarios following Tuesday's provincial election, which resulted in a hung legislature.

Elementary and high school students from all 87 electoral districts in B.C. voted today and handed the NDP a majority government.

Weaver said negotiations on what his party's role would be would begin Wednesday.

"I think the parties will be falling all over themselves to offer official party status", he said.

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. "That would be a long-term win for them so that's one they may be willing to risk in supporting the NDP", said Harrison.

"If you can make the counterfactual argument that the Greens are closer to the New Democrats [and] a few extra votes would have made a difference, there aren't too many places where you could make that". Judith Guichon has asked Clark to continue governing after the election.

The Green Party tripled its seats from the last election, positioning the party to hold the balance of power in a minority government.

Horgan sought to portray Clark as out of touch with regular British Columbians who feel the economy is not working for them, while Weaver cast the Greens as political outsiders.

"What a historic day for British Columbia", he said. "And so I intend to listen to that", she said.

Horgan told NDP supporters that the majority of British Columbians had voted for a new government and he cited positions the NDP shared with the Greens, such as banning corporate and union donations, proportional representation and action on climate change.


"We're much closer on core issues like the environment", he said about New Democrats and Greens.

"The No. 1 deal-breaker right now is banning big money in B.C. politics", he said.

"We both agree the BC Liberals have failed British Columbians in a number of areas, and we have a range of issues in common but our focus is on the people of British Columbia".

Regardless, absentee ballots will be counted sometime between May 22nd and May 24th and that's when a final tally will be officially released.

And if not for local NDP riding in-fighting in Cowichan, Columbia River-Revelstoke and Fraser-Nicola over bitterly contested nominations, likely costing the party three seats, Horgan would be premier-elect now. The Liberals would increase the carbon tax to $50 a tonne by 2020.

Clark's party won 43 seats, NDP won 41 and the Green Party - came out with unprecedented three seats.

The B.C. Liberal party has been in power for 16 years and is attempting to build on four straight majority governments by running on the party's record of economic growth and financial stability.

John Horgan, the leader of the New Democratic Party (NDP), had vowed to stop Kinder Morgan Inc's C$7.4 billion ($5.4 billion) Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion if elected.

"Mr. Horgan has said he would use all of the tools at his disposal but hasn't been very specific about what those are", she said.

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