Experts see instability in the legislature after B.C. election

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Christy Clark's Liberals win minority government in B.C.

In the meantime, Clark remains premier and she promised Wednesday to listen to voters and do a better job of working with the other parties.

Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver said repeatedly during the B.C. election campaign that he and his slate of 83 candidates were running to win government.

Hitting back at US plans to implement duties on Canadian softwood lumber, a key export for British Columbia, Clark said the Liberals would add a carbon levy on thermal coal exports from the province that would make them uneconomic.

The Liberal party won 43 seats, leaving it one seat short of a majority government.

With recounts expected in some ridings and absentee ballots not counted for two weeks, there is still a possibility that the final outcome could change.

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The last time a previous governing party won even close to a majority of the popular vote was 1986, when Bill Vander Zalm's Social Credit party earned 49.32 per cent of voter support, virtually dead even with votes cast for the old Liberal and the NDP. With three seats in the legislature, two of them new, Mr. Weaver told his supporters the party was now beginning negotiations with both the BC Liberals and New Democrats on which deserves to govern the province.

Weaver, at his celebration on Vancouver Island, said he had talked with both Clark and Horgan.

The final tally has yet to be determined with a count of the absentee ballots and recounts in certain electoral districts.

Attorney General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton lost her seat to the NDP's George Chow by more than four per cent in the riding of Vancouver-Fraserview.

The B.C. Liberal party has been in power for 16 years and is attempting to build on four straight majority governments by running on the party's record of economic growth and financial stability.

When asked whether Kinder Morgan is concerned about the British Columbia election, President Ian Anderson said its pipeline project continues to move forward.

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But Weaver said it was too soon to say whether he will back the NDP or Liberals in B.C.'s new minority parliament.

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

NDP Leader John Horgan focused his campaign primarily around Metro Vancouver, with just a handful of stops in the interior and never venturing North of Prince George - a strategy that in the end failed to deliver the party the 10 seats it needed to form government. The NDP has tabled legislation on six occasions proposing to ban union and corporate donations.

"What a historic day for British Columbia", he said.

Premier Christy Clark now leads, with 43 seats as opposed to the NDP's 41 and the Green party's 3.

"I'm really proud of the work that we did, 6,500 houses, 8,000 people, changed some minds, not enough, proud of the effort and enjoying this night with my team", Dutton said.

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"The NDP would have done worse in this election if it were not for the Green vote", said Harrison.

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