Clark Says She Will Lead the BC Government.
Prince George, B.C. – One thing is clear, B.C. will have a minority government, and Christy Clark is confident she will be at the helm.
After midnight, the Liberals had been elected or were leading in 43 ridings, the NDP were elected or leading in 41. The Greens had picked up three seats. A Party needs 44 seats to form a majority.
“It is my intention to continue to lead British Columbia’s government” Clark told supporters at the Liberal headquarters, but said voters have given government the opportunity to do things differently “to open a whole dialogue in our Province, in our legislature, a dialogue about how we do things, what we should do, how we want to shape the future of our province so tonight is the beginning of something very different.”
Christy Clark addressed her supporters at the Liberal Headquarters in Vancouver by recognizing the uncertain results “Something’s only happen in British Columbia”.
There is certain to be a judicial recount in at least one riding where there were just nine votes between the declared winner ( NDP) and the Liberal candidate. The final results may not be known for at least another two weeks when the absentee ballots are counted and the judicial recounts have been completed.
The Liberals won the popular vote, but fell short of the necessary ridings “With absentee ballots still to be counted, I am confident they will strengthen our margin of victory. So it is my intention to continue to lead British Columbia’s government” She said the message from British Columbian voters was clear “They did tell us, they want us to do things differently, they want us to work together, they want us to work across party lines and they want us to find a way to get along so we can all can work for the Province that all of us love so very, very much.”
She said voters have reminded the Liberals to be humble, “our job is to lead, but that we need to remember who we serve, and that we need to focus on things that matter to ordinary British Columbians.”
She thanked both John Horgan and Andrew Weaver for running strong campaigns and for being passionate about the things in which they believe.
In his address, NDP leader John Horgan thanked his campaign team, candidates and supporters but didn’t concede to the Liberals “British Columbians have waited 16 years for a government that works for them, and you’re going to have to wait a little longer until all the votes are counted and the final results are known.” Horgan said this election “will go down in history as being one that will transform us.”
Green Leader Andrew Weaver says he expects to work with “anyone” but does expect one of the first bills to come into the legislature will ban big money from political parties. He said negotiations are already underway.
Clark says at a time when B.C. is facing U.S. protectionism the time has come to work together “In the face of rising protectionism in the United States, economic uncertainty around the world, now more than ever, B.C. needs strong leadership.” She said the province needs to be united “and cannot be distracted by partisanship , we cannot be divided.”