BC minority could have major implications for Alberta

As of 9 p.m. the ballrom is almost full now and cheers go up as the television incdicates a lead for Saanich North and the Islands Green Party candidate Adam Olsen draws cheers from the crowd.

The Liberals also won the popular vote by a narrow margin, with 734,018 votes (40.84%) compared to the NDP's 716,474 (39.86%) votes.

Shortly before 1 a.m. Weaver, who won his seat in Oak Bay-Gordon Head handily addressed the crowd gathered in Victoria at the Delta Ocean Pointe Hotel. Clark's government has posted a budget surplus for five consecutive years, making her province the only one in Canada with a AAA debt rating.

Advance votes are still being counted tonight and could swing the result in some close ridings.

With three seats, the Green party holds the balance of power in the legislature - a remarkable position for Weaver after becoming the first Green elected four years ago. "We have to wait and see". That race is expected to go to a judicial recount. The NDP had 41 and the Green Party three.

Opposition leader John Horgan, appearing moments later at his election party down the block in Vancouver, declared: "A majority of British Columbians voted for a new government and I believe that is what they deserve". Her riding-by-riding look at the shift indicates it hurt the Liberals more often than the NDP. That means they need to enlist the Greens' support.

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

"What do we want to leave for our kids that is better than we found it". They want us to work together. "He may have the effect of delegitimating his own party and the NDP by putting them in power".

"British Columbians voted today to get big money out of politics", NDP Leader John Horgan told jubilant supporters Tuesday night.

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Meanwhile, political commentators say that Albertans should be watching the results in B.C., especially with the implications they would have on the future of pipeline projects there.

Weaver heralded the breakthrough of his candidates on Vancouver Island. "In days ahead there will be discussions taking lace between all parties, now is not the time, now is the time for Greens to celebrate".

"But in eight other ridings, the increase in the Green vote share came disproportionately from the Liberals share and allowed the NDP to win when they arguably wouldn't have otherwise".

The legislative minority means the tiny Green party will hold the balance of power as Premier Christy Clark tries to push forward with pipeline expansion plans and a promise to apply a levy to thermal coal exports to the USA in retaliation for United States duties on softwood lumber.

The Liberals ran a campaign during this election that focused on economic growth and job creation, billing themselves as the stable hand on the tiller and the most responsible stewards of the provincial economy.

Explore our interactive results tracker above to navigate to results for individual ridings.

The results only create more unpredictability for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, shale gas development and the Site C hydro dam that is already under construction, said Martin Pelletier, managing director at TriVest Wealth Council.

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