Burnaby kids embrace NDP sweep in Student Vote

John Horgan

British Columbia's upstart Green party achieved the historic political breakthrough they were looking for on Tuesday, winning three seats and holding the balance of power as no party won enough seats to form a majority government.

But the Liberals only need one more seat for a majority - and 176,000 absentee ballots are yet to be counted. Pacific time on Wednesday, the Liberals held 43 seats, the NDP 41 and the Greens 3.

Horgan told reporters he meant to wait for the election's final outcome on May 24 before talking further about government scenarios, adding he would be willing to work with any party.

Premier Rachel Notley hasn't commented on the election results so far.

However, the Greens' and New Democrats' stance on electoral reform may be a deal breaker with the Liberals, Harrison said.

"There were three cases where the Greens seems to have directly or indirectly hurt the NDP", said Harrison.

Even though sparks flew between Horgan and Weaver during the campaign, Horgan says he and Weaver have a "range of issues in common".

The Greens received eight per cent of the popular vote in the 2013 election along with their lone seat, but Weaver boldly forecasted gains in areas of NDP strength on Vancouver Island and the Kootenays.

Party leader Andrew Weaver wasn't giving any indication which of his rivals would get support from the Greens to form a minority government. They elected a really significant Green presence and certainly a lot of people voted for the Greens across the province.

The NDP has promised to ban the donations, while the Liberals have said they'll convene a review panel.

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To which NDP leader John Horgan responded, "A majority of British Columbians voted for a new government".

British Columbians will continue to await a final vote count that will determine what the government will look like moving forward.

The results could change with 176,104 absentee ballots still to come and the NDP's Ronna-Rae Leonard clinging to a nine-vote lead over Liberal Jim Benninger in Courtenay-Comox.

"There are people out there who feel that smear and slur are the ways to win elections", Weaver said after voting in his Victoria-area riding Tuesday. A dialogue about how we do things, what we should do, how we want to shape the future of our province.

Almost 8,600 students at more than 50 local public schools, private schools and alternate education sites cast ballots and returned NDP candidates in all four ridings.

NDP leader John Horgan spoke later in the afternoon.

"Small parties like the Greens are forever disadvantaged by a first-past-the post system". "We know how to compromise".

Horgan admits he exchanged a phone call with Andrew Weaver but both stopped short of any talk about working together.

The B.C. Liberals are the party that approved the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which is set to start construction in the fall. Horgan said funding for the plan was sound.

The ever-upbeat Clark tried to spin the May 9 election results in a positive light, despite the fact her party ended up the biggest loser, with a number of Liberal cabinet ministers losing their seats to the NDP.

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