ELECTION 2017: Unstable minority unlikely to last

Weaver is hoping to get to the magic number of four B.C. Green MLAs to reach official party status, a scenario that could also make the former climate scientist a key power broker in the legislature if either the BC Liberals or New Democrats fail to get enough seats to form a majority government.

Weaver wasn't ready to tip his hand on whether he would support the Liberals or NDP in a minority government.

Norman Ruff, a professor emeritus of political science at the University of Victoria, says it's more likely the Liberals or the NDP would sign some kind of two-year accord with the Greens in exchange for their support in propping up the government.

The Green Party holds three seats, and pending the results of absentee ballots and a recount in Courtenay-Comox, the balance of power.

Without a 44-seat majority in the legislature, either the Liberals or NDP would have to negotiate with the Greens to form a government.

But Weaver said the top priority for the Greens is removing the influence of big money from politics.

New Democrat Leader John Horgan won his seat in Langford-Juan de Fuca, while Liberal Leader Christy Clark won in Kelowna West.

The SFU prof noted with a minority government, Weaver (or Horgan) could "make a big production" on the Kinder Morgan file, and ask for more studies to be conducted, looking at such things like the Water Act or Haida Gwaii issues. Even after it was corrected, the claim raced through social media for days, fuelled by the fury of NDP supporters at the thought of the Greens propping up Clark.

Federal Green Party Leader Elizabeth May says she can't insert herself into the discussion, but pointed to the Green Party's platform. As Reid Fiest reports, a possible BC NDP and Green Party coalition could create obstacles for the already approved $7.4 Billion pipeline.

Whatever the outcome, go ahead and call this one a massive election bungle by Clark and the Liberals.

"I was the house leader for the opposition and we worked together on making sure he got access in the legislature", Horgan said.

While the political picture was muddied, the reaction from politicians and businesses with arguably the most at stake was clear: cautious.

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

British Columbia's Green party has emerged from Tuesday's election with a unique opportunity that could help decide the province's political future but it comes with risks for the upstart political movement.

In a news conference, Clark confirmed that British Columbia Lt. -Gov.

"The two things that I'm most anxious about is that we send signals to the rest of the country, number one, but more urgently, the global investment community, who either invests in us to create jobs or simply buys the stuff from us".

McCulloch, who ran for a leaderless party, said she was happy with her campaign.

Despite boasting about B.C. having Canada's strongest economy and four balanced budgets - true - Clark's Liberals lost four cabinet ministers, her popular vote dropped and a comfortable majority turned into a minority. In BC, the party got a campaign bus for the first time in this election.

But the Liberals only need one more seat for a majority - and 176,000 absentee ballots are yet to be counted.

While the party appears to have been damaged by a string of scandals including cash-for-access fundraising and the botched health ministry firings, at the end of the day the Liberals' message of job creation and image as the party best suited to manage the province's economy look to have won the day.

Meredith also said the Liberals underestimated Surrey, where the NDP took six of the nine ridings, and where bridge tolls and a lack of transportation were front-and-centre issues.

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