BC minority could have major implications for Alberta

  • BC minority could have major implications for Alberta

BC minority could have major implications for Alberta

As of 11:30 p.m. election night, it is still uncertain whether B.C. will have a majority government with either the Liberals or NDP, or a minority government with the Green Party holding the balance of power.

People were fed up with unethical practices such as the B.C. Liberals' cash-for-access fundraisers, which the opposition parties rightly vow to end.

It's fair to say the Green Party was a big victor even though it captured just three seats out of 87. In 2013, they had just one candidate elected and took a little over 8% of the vote.

Elections BC says candidates can request a recount of some or all of the ballots considered at initial count to be part of the final count, when absentee ballots are considered.

For now, the Liberals hold a minority government with 43 seats, the NDP with 41, and three for the Greens.

Horgan was non-committal about a possible coalition with BC Greens, but didn't waste time drawing similarities between the two parties. Weaver, a former climate scientist, entered politics largely to stop further investment in fossil fuels. He wants to see proportional representation and campaign financing reform.

"This now means big money is banned from B.C. politics", he said. "Even now that the economy has improved and the books are balanced, there was a narrative that the Liberals had been in power for too long and had grown too comfortable".

Asked about the possibility of co-operating with the Greens, Horgan said he is interested in improving public health, education, child care and housing.

"It is a non-negotiable issue for us", said Weaver. "We will continue to have discussions, and we know how to compromise".

Premier Christy Clark said Wednesday she intends to form a government and is willing to work with others to stay in office.

British Columbia Premier Christy Clark apparently lost her majority in the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia in Tuesday's provincial election, an incredibly tight contest that has left no party owning a majority of the 87 seats.

"So tonight is the beginning of something very different, and something which I think could be really exciting for the future of our province and for our kids". Clark asked Trudeau to ban thermal coal exports through her province in retaliation for United States duties on softwood lumber.

He suggested he saw no reasons why a minority government "can't last a full term" of four years.

"Well, some things only happen in British Columbia".

"Site C is being constructed for an industry that does not exist, the LNG industry, and so desperate are the BC Liberals to actually land LNG that they sign contracts to subsidize LNG ... to the tune of 6 cents a kilowatt hour", said Weaver.

He says he also found a very slim one-to-five per cent chance the NDP pulls off an upset and grabs two extra seats.

Technically, trans-provincial pipelines are a federal responsibility, not provincial.

If the former happens, the chances of a minority government lasting are slim, with majority failing within 18 months, he noted. Minority governments historically blow up within 18 months.

They also criticized the Liberals for cutting employer premiums and worker benefits and for not raising the province's share of funding for infrastructure projects. But those projects have already been approved, they've already gone through court cases.

"When you go away and you deploy for an extended period of time. you want to make sure your family is set up for success while you're away".

"The pipeline in particular, that puts that whole project in a precarious position", he said.