Liberals eke out win as minority government

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Weaver confirmed that he had met with NDP leader John Horgan, and that the two leaders agreed on many issues, including education and income disparity. Forty-four seats are needed for a majority.

However, if the results are confirmed, Harrison said the Liberals and New Democrats may be forced to compromise with the Greens or face another election. 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.

The NDP almost swept the city of Vancouver and won a handful of battleground ridings in the suburbs of Metro Vancouver, including seats in Burnaby, Surrey, Coquitlam and Delta.

Horgan didn't directly say a coalition is in the works.

The Greens haven't said anything about who they would support in the new government.

"But to do that, he has to back the loser", said Johnston.

Although three seats is minimal, Andrew Weaver will no doubt have a voice in the provincial capital. "The people in Kootenay-East have made a decision, and they have decided with a party of free enterprise".

The idea of voting strategically was not as popular in this election as it was in the 2015 federal election.

A merger between the NDP and Green Party is also contentious, with 40 per cent of respondents saying this would make them happy, and 43 per cent saying they would be upset.

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While the NDP saw gains in virtually every swing riding, Cameron says it's possible the Greens cut into their momentum, limiting the size of that growth.

"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.

There were also 16 ridings where a combined Liberal-Green vote could have defeated the NDP. "They elected a really significant Green presence and certainly a lot of people voted for the Greens across the province and so I intend to listen to that".

"The only thing you can guarantee out of this close election is that an urban rural divide now exists in B.C.", said Joseph Angolano, vice-president of Mainstreet Research.

"Small parties like the Greens are forever disadvantaged by a first-past-the post system. That would be a long-term win for them so that's one they may be willing to risk in supporting the NDP", said Harrison.

BC Liberal Leader Christy Clark handily won her West Kelowna riding over the NDP's Shelly Cook with 60% of the vote during Tuesday's BC Election.

With three seats, the Green party holds the balance of power in the legislature - a remarkable position for Weaver after becoming the first Green elected four years ago.

"LNG project approvals would be easier for the province to unilaterally reverse", compared to federally approved pipelines, Hoberg said.

The Green Party and NDP share similar ideas in some areas - such as opposition to Kinder Morgan's pipeline, raising carbon taxes, and taxing housing speculators.