BC election results are 'beginning of something different,' Clark says

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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.

But NDP leader John Horgan is striking a defiant tone the day after British Columbians went to the polls. Forty-four seats are needed for a majority.

"We won the popular vote, and we have also won the most seats and with absentee ballots still to be counted, I am confident that they will strengthen our margin of victory". Bill Routley who won the seat for the NDP in the last two elections decided not to run again leaving a more open field.

"It's easier to imagine a deal between the Greens and the NDP - not personality wise, but on substance". "But that would also mean to do that he has to back the loser".

Which is where Andrew Weaver comes in. "They want us to work across party lines". The NDP had only a 0.48 per cent increase in popular votes over 2013.

The ridings that need to be checked are Courtenay-Comox, where the BC NDP candidate won by only nine votes and Maple Ridge-Mission where there's a difference of 120 votes.

"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.

And presuming the seat count remains unchanged, collaboration between the NDP and the Greens would give them 44 seats.

Weaver said he called both leaders to congratulate them.

"We worked tirelessly for years to lead up to today", he told ecstatic supporters, saying the party had finally given people something to vote for, rather than against.

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"Voters of all political stripes are urging whoever forms the next government to take action on issues such as mental health and big money in politics", said Insights West vice-president Mario Canseco.

But it may be a while before British Columbians know which way the power will shift in the province.

British Columbia had the highest rate of economic growth among Canada's provinces in 2015 and is projected to have repeated that performance in 2016.

Kinder Morgan's Canadian unit said in a regulatory filing on Wednesday it is looking to raise up to C$1.75 billion ($1.28 billion) in an initial public offering to fund Trans Mountain.

Horgan says his staff have been following up with the Greens with more plans to meet in the coming days and weeks ahead.

If the result holds and no party gets a majority, Weaver will be in the remarkable position of deciding whether the next government is Liberal or NDP.

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

"Sixty per cent of those who cast ballots yesterday voted for change", Horgan told reporters in Vancouver.

The night started out looking good for the BC Liberals, but as the votes came in the results began to see-saw, with both parties taking the barest of leads, each pushing briefly into majority government territory.

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