It's not easy being Green on British Columbia's political scene - especially for a party facing a hard choice in who it might back in a minority government. Similarly high proportions of voters would feel upset if the NDP were to govern in a majority (52 per cent) or minority (50 per cent) scenario.

At 11:30 P.M., the Liberals held 43 seats and the NDP 41.

As the incumbent premier and with the most seats, Clark would be expected to get the first opportunity to form a minority government with the support of the Greens, who finished one seat short of gaining official party status in the legislature.

The Liberal leader also injected a note of humility on the drop in Liberal seats. The New Democrats support electoral reform but want approval through a provincial referendum.

Bill Tieleman is a former NDP strategist.

Also out are Liberal cabinet ministers Suzanne Anton and Amrik Virk. "We don't even know the final results yet".

Andrew Wilkinson, advanced education minister in Clark's government, said definitive results might not be available until the end of the month when absentee ballots and judicial recounts must be completed. Her riding-by-riding look at the shift indicates it hurt the Liberals more often than the NDP. Tonight we won the popular vote.

As far as past conflict with Horgan, Weaver says they are both passionate people who are passionate about people.

"What do we want to leave for our kids that is better than we found it".

All three major party leaders say they're willing to work with the assembly voters have elected.

"They reminded us that we need to be humble. He may have the effect of delegitimating his own party and the NDP by putting them in power".

NDP leader John Horgan spoke later in the afternoon.

Weaver heralded the breakthrough of his candidates on Vancouver Island.

"In the days ahead there will be plenty of discussions taking place between all parties".

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Officially, Clark remains premier until the government loses a confidence vote in the legislature.

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.

The province has Canada's lowest unemployment rate and has led the country in economic growth two years in a row.

Green Party leader Andrew Weaver easily won his seat again in Oak Bay-Gordon Head but unlike previous sessions of the legislature, he won't be the sole MLA for the party.

"Whatever happens, happens. I'm looking forward to seeing what the results are", he said. In Maple Ridge-Mission, the NDP lead over the Liberals is just 120 votes.

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

Horgan and Weaver each walked out to speak to their supporters at the same time, forcing CBC to cut away from Weaver's speech in order to air Horgan's.

"The majority of MLAs elected last night are not BC Liberals", Horgan said.

"We have a lot in common", she said. If there are sufficient absentee votes to change the outcome in either Courtenay/Comox or Maple Ridge/Mission, the Liberals could obtain the 44 seats necessary for a majority.

Weaver could still try to cut a deal with the BC Liberals.

It's still possible that the final election result, two weeks hence, could be a squeaker of a Liberal majority.

Horgan, meanwhile, talked relentlessly about the affordability struggles faced by normal people: Unaffordable housing.

Weaver's pitch features a disavowal of politics as usual. The NDP has promised to ban the donations, while the Liberals have said they'll convene a panel to review them.

Clark called for a retaliatory ban or tax on USA thermal coal exports moving through B.C. ports.


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