Green vote helped NDP more than Liberals, says UBC prof

John Horgan

Clark in West Kelowna

A tight race in Courtenay-Comox could also change the vote spread, which now sits at 43 seats for the Liberals, 41 for the NDP and three for the Greens. "Once the cards are known, it's going to be interesting to see how it plays out".

The campaign began four weeks ago with Clark and the Horgan locked in a tight race to be premier, and Weaver hoping to build upon his one seat in the legislature.

Clark said she had yet to speak to Horgan but noted his party's popular vote didn't increase from the previous election. The party took several Liberal ridings in the city of Vancouver and won a handful of battleground ridings in the suburbs of Metro Vancouver, including seats in Surrey, Coquitlam and Delta.

The Liberals were trying to win a fifth successive majority government after holding power for 16 years.

Asked several times Wednesday if she accepts personal responsibility for the Liberals' showing, Clark avoided a direct answer.

"If you can make the counterfactual argument that the Greens are closer to the New Democrats [and] a few extra votes would have made a difference, there aren't too many places where you could make that".

Speaking to hundreds at Vancouver's convention centre, Horgan said the campaign will go down in history as transforming the province.

"British Columbians sent a very strong message to all sides of the legislature".

"Whether it's a minority or a majority, I do intend to make sure we work across party lines with parties that want to work with us", said Clark in response to a question about forming a coalition with the Greens. He's already discussing his bargaining chips.

Weaver said his party would negotiate with both party leaders in the coming weeks and would work with whoever has the most commonality with the Green platform.

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

The Green leader said the number one issue for his party is to get the big money out of B.C. politics and ban union and corporate donations.

Asked about reports of bad blood between the two men, Weaver said that he and Horgan are both "passionate" people.

"I suspect other parties would be crawling over themselves to offer us official party status in light of where we stand today."
Minority governments tend to be fractious and short-lived, so it is likely, if the standings do not change, that B.C. will have another election well before the set date four years from now.

"Substantively, it's easier to imagine a deal between the Greens and the NDP - not personality wise, but on substance".

Johnston said if the results remain a Liberal minority government with the Greens holding the balance of power, Weaver has to be careful.

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.

In Weaver's case, that could also mean supporting the NDP to achieve his goals.

"Tonight is the beginning of something very different, and something that I think could be really exciting for the future of our province and our kids", she said. "Optically, that's not great".

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