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BC Liberals win minority government, Green Party wins 3 key seats

    

Clark, who took the reins as premier in 2011, is in a close race with NDP Leader John Horgan, who first won a legislature seat in 2005.

It's already been a historic night for the Green Party, which looks to win a total of three seats.

The NDP won one riding by only nine votes, making a recount a certainty that will determine the difference between a minority and an ultra-thin majority if it were to flip to the Liberals.


The Green Party also appears to be picking off Liberal supporters here.

While only 44 out of 86 polls in the riding have been reported (totalling 8,428 votes), news outlets have declared Eby the victor. Amrik Virk, Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Service, and Naomi Yamamoto, Minister of State for Emergency Preparedness were also defeated by their NDP challengers.

At times, the Liberals have been leading or elected in 44 ridings, and at other times, the NDP has been leading or elected in 44 ridings.

The final tally won't be known until all 7,279 absentee ballots have been counted.

CTV Vancouver Island will have dedicated online coverage on our website, Twitter and Facebook, as well as a live election map and election page showing real-time results from across the province.

The three party leaders did not speak to supporters until after midnight.

Clark's strategy marked a return to the Liberals' winning approach in 2013, when she promoted her party as the only one that could create and protect jobs while portraying the NDP as disastrous managers of the economy.

"Tonight we won the popular vote", she said. "We would try to ensure that numerous ideas are there". However, absentee ballots won't be counted for another two weeks.

Boyer said he was feeling pretty good about the results.

Clark exited swiftly following her speech and did not shake hands with supporters after stepping down from the stage.

The Liberal leader also injected a note of humility on the drop in Liberal seats.

Horgan, a cancer survivor, was still largely unknown by voters until recently. British Columbians voted for action on climate change.

"The question around affordability and critical services people wanted were the main drivers of it", said Kahlon of his win by more than 1,800 votes over Liberal rival Scott Hamilton with all polling stations reporting.

These ridings include Richmond-Queensborough, Vancouver-False Creek and Cowichan Valley.

"In the days ahead there will be plenty of discussions taking place between all parties". "Now is not the time for those discussions. Now is not the time for those discussions, now is the time for Greens across North America to celebrate".

Her friends and opponents have described Clark as a fierce political competitor with a knack for electioneering.

The poll, which concluded Saturday May 6, has the NDP (40%) and Liberals (39%) in a statistical dead heat among decided voters.

The 2017 election should cement Andrew Weaver's role as Green Party leader, according to Warrington.

He said he'd be willing to work with either party to help form a minority government if that's how next Tuesday unfolds.

"Whatever happens, happens. I'm looking forward to seeing what the results are", he said.

"People in Vancouver used to call the Okanagan and Kelowna the hinterland".

"I hope that my successor will follow-up on the things we were working on because there's a lot of things to be done here in the riding", Anton told Global News. One independent candidate was elected.

The B.C. Liberal Party says it has already made the largest ever one year investment to create 5,300 affordable housing units, assisted more than 10,000 families a year through the Rental Assistance Program, and supported nearly 20,000 households a year through the Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters program.

The NDP has tried to make Clark's leadership as premier the central issue of the campaign.

"My next plan is university, get more engaged with the community and hopefully run again in four years", he said.

Weaver's pitch features a disavowal of politics as usual.

Weaver's first priority, which he calls a deal breaker, is banning so-called "big money" - union and corporate donations, which the Greens did not take this election.

After months of pressure, the Liberals committed to convening a panel to review political fundraising. The Liberals shot back by highlighting donations the New Democrats received from the United Steelworkers.

He said in both cases, the minority governments fell apart forcing a subsequent election, with the NDP losing seats in both instances while the Liberals gained majority victories.

"It's going to be a very interesting situation for everyone in B.C., starting tomorrow".

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