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The three party leaders did not speak to supporters until after midnight.

“We need to see where the absentee votes go”, Weaver said. “We would try to ensure that numerous ideas are there”. Absentee ballots – about 160,000 – aren’t counted and included in the results until May 24. “And they want us to find a way to get along so that we can all work for the province that all of us love so very, very much”. In a country where most provinces limit donations to a few thousand dollars per donor, this year’s campaign in British Columbia stirred controversy, with both the Liberals and NDP receiving contributions of tens of thousands of dollars. They want us to work together.

But Weaver has promised Green MLAs won’t be forced to toe the party line.

Horgan did an fantastic 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.

George Hoberg, professor of environmental and natural resource policy at the University of British Columbia, said the situation could create uncertainties and makes building the project politically hard.

Weaver said watching B.C. invest in old fossil fuel technologies and miss opportunities to develop a sustainable and modern economy convinced him to pursue politics. “In days ahead there will be discussions taking lace between all parties, now is not the time, now is the time for Greens to celebrate”.

The votes are in, and Christy Clark will remain premier for the time being.

Should the results as of midnight May 9 stand, the Green Party will be the deal-maker in any bill introduced in the legislature.

Opposition leader John Horgan, appearing moments later at his election party down the block in Vancouver, declared: “A majority of British Columbians voted for a new government and I believe that is what they deserve”.

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

Green Party Leader Andrew called the outcome “historic”, noting B.C. had elected North America’s first Green caucus above the municipal level.

The Green Party’s three seats give leader Andrew Weaver a lot of say in how long the Clark government can survive in the first minority government in B.C. since the 1950s.

Poll workers had to intervene when a man approached Clark yelling insults.

“I’ve had a good relationship in working with Dr. Weaver in the past”, she said.

Earlier in the day, Clark announced that Lt. -Gov. “And it’s something that I think could be very exciting for the future of our province”.

This election is being fought on a new electoral map and 87 seats in the legislature are up for grabs, with 371 candidates vying for them.

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.

But for now, the real power doesn’t actually rest in Clark’s hands, despite her party falling just one seat shy of a majority.

The NDP focused its campaign on the seat-rich Lower Mainland. Horgan said funding for the plan was sound.

Weaver’s pitch features a disavowal of politics as usual.

But Clark’s single most important priority – developing a liquefied natural gas industry – is a non-starter for Weaver, a former climate change scientist who has fought against LNG.

In Weaver’s case, that could also mean supporting the NDP to achieve his goals. The NDP has tabled legislation on six occasions proposing to ban union and corporate donations. The Liberals shot back by highlighting donations the New Democrats received from the United Steelworkers. The B.C. Liberals are the party that approved the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which is set to start construction in the fall.

BC Liberal canadidate Stephen Roberts said, “obviously there’s been a bit of a wind change in the air here …” Most of the thermal coal exports come from United States mines.

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