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British Columbians elect minority government with the Green Party holding the balance

British Columbia has its first minority government in 65 years with the Green party holding the balance of power for the first time in Canadian history.

With one seat left to be decided, the Liberals had won 42 seats and the NDP 41, with the Greens making a major breakthrough by picking up three seats.

Regardless of the outcome of the last riding, no party would be able to win the 44 seats necessary to govern with a majority in the 87-seat legislature.

In a speech, Liberal Leader Christy Clark thanked her supporters, pointing out the Liberals won the popular vote.

Clark says she was humbled by the night’s results and that it’s clear British Columbians want to see an end to partisanship.

She didn’t concede the election, saying she’ll continue as premier and will work with the other parties.

NDP Leader John Horgan gave an emotional speech to his supporters.

Horgan didn’t concede the election either, saying the majority of British Columbians voted for change.

He was also confident that absentee ballots would increase the NDP’s tally.

The final count won’t be known for a couple more weeks as absentee ballots are counted and judicial recounts conducted in the ridings with razor thin margins.

The campaign began four weeks ago with Liberal Leader Christy Clark and the NDP’s John Horgan locked in a tight race to be premier, and Green Leader Andrew Weaver hoping to build upon his one seat in the legislature.

(With files from The Canadian Press)

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