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August 23 2017, 06:05 | Irvin Gilbert
It's why Trudeau was quick to call Clark on Wednesday after her B.C. Liberals came out on top but one seat short of a majority with absentee ballots and at least one judicial recount still to be done before the results are final.
If Clark can't maintain the confidence of the legislature, Guichon could invite the opposition parties to attempt to form their own government-or she could dissolve the legislature and drop the writ on a new election.
Its leader, Andrew Weaver, a Cambridge-trained climate scientist who left an accomplished academic career to become a politician, had refused before the election to say which party he would support in a potential minority government. "They want us to work together collaboratively and across partisan lines", said Clark, who was trying to win the party's fifth straight majority government.
The BC Liberal Party earned 43 seats, including leader Christy Clark. As the incumbent, Clark has the first shot at heading a minority government - a task made easier because she won the most seats and the popular vote - but acknowledged she would need to work with other parties to get things done.
"There's still 176,000 seconds on the clock and I'm going to wait to see what the final outcome is", he said, referring to the number of absentee ballots still to be counted.
The NDP won one riding by only nine votes, making a recount a certainty that will determine the difference between a minority and an ultra-thin majority if it were to flip to the Liberals.
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.
Campaign finance reform: The Greens do not accept donations from corporations or unions.
Across the North Shore's four ridings, Liberal support dropped by 7.46 per cent, while the Green vote share was up 13.26 per cent from the last election.
In a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Clark told reporters she never thought it was going to be anything but a really tough election.
"We understand what compromise means and we're willing to compromise, of course", Weaver said.
Horgan said he and Weaver agree that the Liberals have failed British Columbians on many issues.
Lyle noted both the NDP and Greens were against the LNG and Site C dam megaprojects, while the future of the Trans Mountain pipeline project may also be cast in doubt.
British Columbia's election has brought unwelcome doubt for the business sector, given the prospect of an ascendant Green party influencing policy on pipelines, natural gas exports, hydroelectricity and other resource projects.
Horgan said that the NDP and the Green Party can work on that initiative in the legislature.
When asked whether she plans on staying in the political spotlight, McCulloch said it's likely, in one capacity or another.
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.
Christin Geall of Victoria said she was ecstatic knowing the Greens will hold the balance of power.
Negative ads and attacks between the NDP and the Liberals over political fundraising laws that place no limits on corporate and union donations have also been a prime part of the political debate. The B.C. Liberals have said the company has met their five conditions for "the path to yes".
Now considered a key pivotal riding, if the tables turn in favor of the Liberals, it could give the party majority government.