Energy projects in question as Liberals win BC minority

Energy projects in question as Liberals win BC minority

Energy projects in question as Liberals win BC minority

On election night in 2009, the NDP's Charlie Wyse was declared the victor in Cariboo-Chilcotin, before the final count declared Liberal Donna Barnett the victor. So far, it appears that the Greens' top priority is to get big money out of BC politics, but it's at least conceivable that they could negotiate significant environmental concessions as well-perhaps winning blanket opposition to fossil fuel exports of all stripes. They are now elected in three ridings - leader Andrew Weaver's seat in Oak Bay-Gordon Head plus new wins by Adam Olsen in Saanich-North and the Islands, and Sonia Furstenau in Cowichan Valley. If the final results give the NDP more seats, then the NDP could form a minority government.

But under just about any configuration of the final seat-count, Clark and NDP Leader John Horgan will have to try to come to terms with the Green Party.

Clark added that the Liberal vote went down, the NDP vote stayed the same, as the Green vote went up, saying she's taking her cue from the voters.

When Adriane Carr co-founded the B.C. Green Party in 1983, the idea it could one day hold the balance of power in the provincial legislature was a far-off fantasy. There were plenty of smiles and laughter early on at Liberal headquarters as the party took an early lead, but the mood became tenser as the evening progressed and the NDP began to catch up.

Also out are Liberal cabinet ministers Suzanne Anton and Amrik Virk.

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. That race is expected to go to a judicial recount. "It doesn't include absentee ballots, include voters who voted by mail, voters who voted in a district office, voters who voted outside their electoral district during advanced voting and voters who voted [on election day], but not at their assigned voting place".

Close riding results will likely be impacted by the advance vote count, a process that will take up to two weeks to complete.

The three party leaders did not speak to supporters until after midnight. And here tonight, we have been presented with an opportunity by British Columbians to open a whole new dialogue in our province, in our legislature. In short, a Liberal win would have been abysmal news for United States coal companies hoping to ship coal to Asia.

Premier Christy Clark remains premier, and she'll get the first shot at forming a new government when she visits Lieutenant-Governor Judith Guichon.

Our obligation is to serve you, our community, and what we're hearing is there's a growing movement of dissatisfied citizens that want an electoral system that works better.

The Liberal leader also injected a note of humility on the drop in Liberal seats.

However, if the results are confirmed, Harrison said the Liberals and New Democrats may be forced to compromise with the Greens or face another election. "Honestly, he really does because he doesn't bring people to want to work with him", Weaver said in a Global BC interview.

Horgan did an awesome job despite being discounted by many commentators - bringing the NDP tantalizingly close to a majority government and still on the brink of possibly becoming premier.

"This is the most exciting British Columbia election, certainly in modern history, maybe even in history", said David Moscrop, a University of British Columbia political scientist.

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.

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