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Published: Fri, May 12, 2017
World | By Lorena Waters

ELECTION: 43 Liberals to rule as minority vs NDP's 41, three Greens

ELECTION: 43 Liberals to rule as minority vs NDP's 41, three Greens

If the Green sided with the NDP, they would form a majority with a combined total of 44 seats. Regardless, absentee ballots will be counted sometime between May 22nd and May 24th and that's when a final tally will be officially released. But Furstenau still comfortably won the riding by 1,500 votes over her nearest challenger from the NDP.

Horgan said he also looks forward to a final result by May 22, with thousands of votes still to be counted.

"We don't know what is going to happen", said BC Building Trades executive director Tom Sigurdson.

In the interval, the uncertain outcome of Tuesday's vote could force Clark's Liberals to belatedly renounce their rich diet of corporate donations and join the political fundraising Canadian mainstream. Liberal leader Christy Clark had taken an unexpectedly strong stand against coal shipments to overseas power plants: she first sent a letter to federal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asking for a complete ban on such exports, and later vowed to levy a prohibitively stiff fee on coal exports if the federal government didn't act.

Several Liberal cabinet ministers lost seats in Metro Vancouver, including Attorney General Suzanne Anton, Technology Minister Amrik Virk and Peter Fassbender, the minister responsible for TransLink.

Weaver suggests he could work with Clark, but blasted Horgan in a remarkable TV interview last week.

Lore noted two factors that she sees as key to unlocking the youth vote: the tools of the trade and representation.

Which of these scenarios unfolds will depend on a number of factors and ultimately hinge on one figure: Lt. -Gov.

Krog said although election results are unclear, it's clear to him that voters "weren't fond of Christy Clark and they wanted change". The Liberals could have as many as 45 seats or as few as 40. So, recounts and uncounted absentee ballots could deliver a minority or majority government led by either party - four potential results all within the realm of possibility.

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The campaign began four weeks ago with Clark and the NDP's John Horgan locked in a tight race to be premier, and Green Leader Andrew Weaver hoping to build upon his one seat in the legislature. The move was initially portrayed as little more than a bargaining chip in a trade dispute over softwood lumber import duties imposed by the Trump administration.

Meanwhile, political commentators say that Albertans should be watching the results in B.C., especially with the implications they would have on the future of pipeline projects there.

Party leader Andrew Weaver was re-elected in his Oak Bay-Gordon Head riding with 51.91 per cent of the vote (13,843).

Both Horgan and Clark said Wednesday they are planning to sit down with Weaver to talk about working together.

Neither the NDP nor the BC Liberals can yet confidently claim victory with the two parties near deadlocked in the seat count and a minority government now expected.

Johnston said if the results remain a Liberal minority with the Greens holding the balance of power, Weaver has to be careful.

In a minority government, no party could pass legislation without the support of MLAs from other parties.

A Houston-based pipeline builder, Kinder Morgan, wants to construct an 848,000-barrel-a-day pipeline to bring oil from Alberta's tar sands to a terminal in urban Burnaby, just east of Vancouver.

Going into the vote, the Liberals were neck-and-neck in the polls with the opposition NDP, whose campaign promise to make life more affordable in a province that is home to Canada's most expensive real estate appeared to have resonated with voters.

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