Burnaby kids embrace NDP sweep in Student Vote


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When it was all said and done, Christy Clark and the BC Liberals claimed the province's first minority government in more than six decades.

Clark also appeared to be doing her best to woo the Green Party supporters and its three members of the legislature, including leader Andrew Weaver. Morgane Oger, a New Democrat, lead most of the evening, but incument Liberal Sean Sullivan, a former Vancouver major, pulled ahead in late returns.

Looking at seats the NDP picked up where the Green vote - if it went entirely Liberal - could have turned the race, the NDP gained in all but two, Burnaby North and Courtenay-Comox.

Absentee (mail-in) ballots take up to two weeks to be counted, so a final result will not be declared until then. Asked several times if she accepts personal responsibility, Clark avoided a direct answer.

Minority government are rare in British Columbia. While Horgan said it's clear British Columbians want change after 16 years under the Liberals, Clark said she reads the result as a plea to the parties to work together.

Peter Fassbender, the Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development and the Minister Responsible for TransLink, has lost his seat, as has Suzanne Anton, the Minister of Justice.

The difference between the Liberals and NDP in the popular vote on Tuesday was about 17,800 votes in favour of Clark's party. The NDP had 41 and the Green Party three.

"We both believe that the disparity between those who have and those who haven't clearly has got out of control", Weaver said. A dialogue about how we do things, what we should do, how we want to shape the future of our province.

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"We have been presented with an opportunity by British Columbians to open a whole new dialogue in our province, in our Legislature", Clark said.

Weaver wasn't ready to tip his hand on whether he would support the Liberals or NDP in a minority government. Regardless, absentee ballots will be counted sometime between May 22nd and May 24th and that's when a final tally will be officially released. "And they reminded us tonight that we are far from ideal", Clark said, adding that she was willing to work with the other parties to govern.

"The most important issue for us right now, the number 1 deal breaker, is banning big money in B.C. politics", said Weaver, a climate scientist who became the first Green elected to B.C.'s legislature four years ago.

"In a Liberal minority it is very possible that the NDP and Greens would join forces to defeat the Liberals", wrote Westlake.

George Hoberg, professor of environmental and natural resource policy at the University of British Columbia, said the situation could create uncertainties and makes building the project politically hard.

"Generally people say a vote is wasted if it doesn't influence the result in a riding", said Westlake.

Clark, noting the Liberals had won both the popular vote and the most seats, told party supporters in Vancouver Tuesday night that it was her "intention to continue to lead British Columbia".

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

During the press conference, Weaver also denied taking away exclusively NDP votes during the election.