British Columbia's LNG Dreams May Be Over

Jerome Frank
May 15, 2017

After a lot of back and forth, it appears British Columbia has its first minority government in 65 years with the Green Party holding the balance of power for the first time in Canadian history.

He will be joined in the house by Adam Olsen, who also took the riding of Saanich North and the Islands for the Greens in Tuesday's provincial election.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Clark deflected a question on how much she's to blame for the reduced Liberal vote into a chance to embrace the Greens. He celebrated denying the Liberals a majority, the possibility that he could end up governing after talks with the Greens - and the fact that the election outcome remains uncertain, with so many votes still to be counted.

A Vancouver city councillor says New Democrats have more in common with Greens than what the latter have with B.C. Liberals.

Absentee ballots are counted at final count, May 22-24.

"British Columbians did tell us they want us to do things differently".

And, Harrison added, the current government has not released the details of the agreement with Kinder Morgan so we don't know what financial penalties might be written into it in the event a government attempt to withdraw.

A minority government occurs when no single party in an election wins a majority of the seats.

A party official said Clark had spoken with Green Leader Andrew Weaver and that the two party heads have a proven track record of working together.

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That means either B.C. NDP leader John Horgan would be asked to form a new government, with Green Party support, or a new election could be called.

Both leaders are in communication with Weaver.

Speaking at a campaign office in her riding, Clark said she's confident the Liberals have done everything they could to reach voters over the past four weeks of campaigning.

Bill Tieleman is a former NDP strategist.

Speaking in Toronto Wednesday, Alberta Premier Rachel Notely jokingly thanked the voters of British Columbia for making Tuesday's election "interesting" and precluding her from congratulating a victor at this point.

The Green Party tripled its seats from the last election, positioning the party to hold the balance of power in a minority government. The Liberals only need one more seat for a majority.

"Honestly, he really does because he doesn't bring people to want to work with him", Weaver said in a Global BC interview.

"The game's not over", said Horgan, who refused to concede defeat on Wednesday. "We exist because the other parties aren't offering something ..." The NDP has promised to ban the donations, while the Liberals have said they'll convene a review panel.

That happened even though Clark spent $15 million in taxpayer dollars on partisan government advertising wrongly promoting the B.C. Liberals and having the most heavily corporately funded political party in Canada, raising over $12 million in 2016. Amrik Virk, Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Service, and Naomi Yamamoto, Minister of State for Emergency Preparedness were also defeated by their NDP challengers.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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