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.
Premier Christy Clark remains premier, and she’ll get the first shot at forming a new government when she visits Lieutenant-Governor Judith Guichon.
Once all polling stations across the province had reported, the B.C. Liberals held 43 seats, the NDP were at 41 and the Greens were up to three.
The Green Party holds three seats, and pending the results of absentee ballots and a recount in Courtenay-Comox, the balance of power.
Horgan said he also looks forward to a final result by May 22, with thousands of votes still to be counted.
But the Liberals only need one more seat for a majority – and 176,000 absentee ballots are yet to be counted.
“It doesn’t seem to me looking at this that there are a lot of seats that the NDP didn’t pick up because of the Greens”, he says.
Meanwhile, Weaver says he needs to see how he can work and compromise with the other parties to achieve his goals.
“But to do that, he has to back the loser”, said Johnston.
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.
Horgan admits he exchanged a phone call with Andrew Weaver but both stopped short of any talk about working together.
Party leader Andrew Weaver wasn’t giving any indication which of his rivals would get support from the Greens to form a minority government.
The popular vote on Tuesday gave the Liberals about 17,800 more votes than the New Democrats.
“The NDP would have done worse in this election if it were not for the Green vote”, said Harrison.
The usually affable Horgan led an aggressive campaign to bring his party’s seats within two of the Liberals, showing he is not above getting dirty in the political trenches to secure victory. 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.
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Horgan was non-committal about a possible coalition with BC Greens, but didn’t waste time drawing similarities between the two parties.
“That interpretation is not that the Greens hurt the NDP and allowed Christy Clark to win but in fact the NDP would have done worse in this election had it not been for the Green vote”, she said.
“We’re much closer on core issues like the environment”, he said about New Democrats and Greens.
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.
“We are waiting for the outcome of the results from the British Columbia election, and we will work with whatever – whichever – whoever forms government, and our priority is getting it right when it comes to the environment and the economy”.