Clark, Horgan, Weaver all say they're willing to work with other parties

Polls opened at 8 a.m. and Green Leader Andrew Weaver was among the first in line at a middle school in his Victoria-area constituency of Oak Bay-Gordon Head, surrounded by excited students.

This election is being fought on a new electoral map and 87 seats in the legislature are up for grabs, with 371 candidates vying for them.

Horgan said he also looks forward to a final result by May 22, with thousands of votes still to be counted.

However, if the results are confirmed, Harrison said the Liberals and New Democrats may be forced to compromise with the Greens or face another election.

Clark acknowledged the race isn't over yet, and said she interpreted the initial results of the vote as a call for bipartisan cooperation. Asked several times if she accepts personal responsibility, Clark avoided a direct answer. British Columbians were sold a good on LNG.

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.

If the NDP had Green support to form a government it could possibly order more environmental or health assessments on the pipeline which would postpone the start of construction. The losers? Anyone who expected election night to decide things.

"We have won the popular vote, and we have won the most seats, and with absentee ballots still to be counted, I am confident they will strengthen our margin of victory", said Clark. But Horgan would not make a commitment to working with the Green leader in a minority government.

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It has been a big night for the Green Party picking up a couple seats on the Island.

But all of it may be a moot point with more than 170,000 absentee ballots that won't even be counted until May 22, some of the razor-thin ridings may flip entirely, delivering one party or another a majority of seats in the legislature.

Weaver said he would negotiate with both leaders in the coming weeks and would work with whichever party has the most in common with the Green platform.

"I would expect that as soon as government sits in the Legislature, there will be very soon after that legislation tabling banning big money in B.C.", he said. The NDP has promised to ban the donations, while the Liberals have said they'll convene a panel to review them.

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.

Students sent BC Liberal leader Christy Clark down to defeat with NDP challenger Shelley Cook earning 35.8 per cent of the vote to Clark's 32.1. As of early this morning, the BC Green Party does. "So it is my intention to continue to lead British Columbia's government".

But Weaver said it was too soon to say whether he will back the NDP or Liberals in B.C.'s new minority parliament. Supporting minority governments is usually perilous for the smaller parties, he said.

Weaver also does not want to see the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. "Optically, that's not great".

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