All three major party leaders say they’re willing to work with the assembly voters have elected.
Green Party leader Andrew Weaver, who now faces a difficult choice in deciding whether to back the Liberals in a minority government, told reporters Wednesday that he is willing to negotiate with the other two parties.
Greens won three seats, all on Vancouver Island, and as a result will hold the balance of power in a minority government.
“We understand what compromise means and we’re willing to compromise, of course,” Weaver said. “I think you’ll see a lack of partisan rhetoric on our side.”
During the press conference, Weaver also denied taking away solely NDP votes during the election.
“We inspire people to vote for something… and those people are from across the political spectrum,” Weaver said.
Weaver confirmed that he had met with NDP leader John Horgan, and that the two leaders agreed on many issues, including education and income disparity.
Weaver told reporters that it is too early to know if his party will support the Liberals, but that he plans to bring up proportional representation at some point during the term.
NDP leader John Horgan also confirmed he had met with Weaver and that they agreed that the Liberals have “failed” on childcare, affordable housing, and protecting B.C.’s coast against potential harms from increased tanker traffic.
Horgan told reporters he intended to wait for the election’s final outcome on May 24 before talking further about government scenarios, adding he would be willing to work with any party.
Christy Clark, who has been asked by B.C.’s Lieutenant-Governor to continue as premier, hinted Wednesday that she would be willing to work more collaboratively with the other parties.
“I think for all of us, I think the message is the same. I think they want us to find ways to do things differently,” Clark told reporters.