PREMIER Christy Clark has been asked to continue governing by B.C. Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon, according to the Premier’s Office.
Clark has desperately reached out to the Green Party in order to stay in power, but it remains to be seen whether the Greens will support her and risk losing their popularity or support the NDP with several conditions.
The NDP are watching the situation carefully.
It also remains to be seen if the Liberals will finally dump Clark and go for someone like Mike de Jong – the financial expert who is well liked – to lead them. Clark’s unpopularity even with Liberal voters was clear from the results of a new Insights West “exit poll” conducted for CTV Vancouver. The poll found 49 per cent of Liberal voters do not like her leadership but felt the party seemed like the best option at this time.
Clark’s popularity among South Asians has taken a big hit, but de Jong has always been welcomed by South Asians who find him warm and friendly in contrast with a put-on Clark.
NDP Leader John Horgan in a statement to his party supporters said in an email: “From our 87 diverse candidates to our 10,000 volunteers, from the 26,000 of you who donated to the hundreds of thousands of you who voted – I take great pride in what we’ve accomplished together.
“Our campaign connected with people and our message resonated – it helped bring a new generation of campaigners and elect 15 new MLAs who will work for you in the legislature.
“But there are still more votes to count – and a lot more work to do.
“Regardless of the outcome, we always have a vigorous review of our campaign. In the coming days, we’ll follow up to collect your feedback. Now more than ever we need to come together and plan the way forward.
“The results are still uncertain but a better BC is still possible.”
LIBERALS: 43 Seats
NDP: 41 Seats
GREEN PARTY: 3 Seats