Christy Clark remains B.C. premier until all votes counted
Absentee ballots still to come, final count to take place between May 22 and 24
A day after a historic election that ended with B.C.'s first minority government since 1953, Christy Clark confirmed she would remain premier until at least the final count of ballots by Elections BC.
In a news conference, Clark confirmed that British Columbia Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon asked her to stay on as premier.
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Clark also appeared to be doing her best to woo the Green Party supporters and its three members of the legislature, including leader Andrew Weaver.
"We have a lot in common," she said. "I've worked with Dr. Weaver in the past and he's a smart and thoughtful guy."
Clark also deflected questions about her role in the Liberal Party's loss of seats.
"Whether it's a majority or minority government that I lead, we are going to work hard with other parties … and accept the message from the voters who clearly want us to do things differently."
With all non-absentee ballots counted, Liberals were elected in 43 of B.C.'s 87 electoral districts, one short of the 44 seats needed to form a majority.
There were approximately 51,000 absentee ballots in the 2013 election, and Elections BC will make its final count of this year's ballots between May 22 and 24.
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The NDP leads in one riding, Courtenay-Comox, by just nine votes over the Liberals.
Should the Liberals win that seat, the party would have a majority — but if the seat stays with the NDP, the New Democrats and Green Party could hypothetically form a coalition or governing arrangement that would make NDP Leader John Horgan the premier.
With files from Karin Larsen