Premier Clark Meets with Lieutenant Gov.
Prince George ,B.C. -Premier Christy Clark has met with the Lieutenant Governor who has requested that Clark continue as Premier of B.C.
“British Columbians sent a very strong message to all sides of the legislature, they want us to work together collaboratively and across partisan lines. They are interested in making B.C. stronger achieving our collective goals, and they demanded of us a new way, a new approach to achieving those goals.” said Clark in her first media availability since the polls closed.
She has already had a meeting with Green Party leader Andrew Weaver, and hopes to meet with NDP leader John Horgan today.
“As we move forward with planning a new government, I want to let British Columbians know, that your voice has been heard, and we will work, all of us, together, to earn your trust.”
Clark says she doesn’t believe anything went ‘wrong” for her party “Elections don’t go wrong, they go the way they go”. She says an election is a chance for people to make their voices heard, “and that is never wrong.”
Clark says the Green vote was the real impact in this election, with the Liberal vote dropping, the NDP staying status quo, and the Greens made the gains.
There are still a little over 50 thousand votes to be counted, so the actual dust won’t settle for another couple of weeks. Right now, the Liberals have 43 seats, the NDP 41 and the Greens 3. There is one hotly contested riding, which saw the NDP pick up a win with just 9 votes more than the Liberal candidate. There will be an automatic recount in that riding, and the Liberals are confident the absentee ballots will swing that riding back into their favour.
“Whether it’s a majority or minority government that I lead, I do intend to work across party lines with parties that want to work with us that want to collaborate.” She says she has developed a good working relationship with Andrew Weaver in the past.