Johnston said if the results remain a Liberal minority government with the Greens holding the balance of power, Weaver has to be careful. "That would be the long-term win for them so maybe that's one on which they would be willing to take that risk in supporting the NDP to achieve".
Inside the Green headquarters in Victoria, the room was filled with applause and cheering as the party appeared close to electing a third candidate, Sonia Furstenau in Cowichan Valley.
At the end of the night Tuesday, Christy Clark's Liberals won 43 seats, compared with 41 for John Horgan's NDP and Andrew Weaver's Greens holding the balance of power with three seats. Her riding-by-riding look at the shift indicates it hurt the Liberals more often than the NDP.
"A result like this will lead the Interior hanging economically perhaps but with a minority, another election is probably two years away at the outside, and winning a majority going forward will have to mean looking behind the Lower Mainland ridings". The party took several Liberal ridings in the city of Vancouver and won a handful of battleground ridings in the suburbs of Metro Vancouver, including seats in Surrey, Coquitlam and Delta.
Also out are Liberal cabinet ministers Suzanne Anton and Amrik Virk.
The Greens doubled their popular vote from eight per cent in 2013 to 16 per cent Tuesday, said Kathryn Harrison of UBC.
At least one seat - Courtenay-Comox - is so close it is expected to go to a judicial recount.
Clark said she intends to lead the next government, adding the result presents an opportunity to open up a new dialogue "about how we do things, what we should do, how we want to shape the future of our province".
"We have a lot in common", she said.
It's not clear whether Green Leader Andrew Weaver and his two MLAs would prefer to deal with Clark or Horgan.
It's why the Prime Minister's Office chose to publicly release Trudeau's message to Clark in the dying days of the campaign that he's seriously considering her request to ban American shipments of thermal coal through B.C.in retaliation for the Trump administration's new duties on softwood lumber.
The Liberal leader also injected a note of humility on the drop in Liberal seats.
"Voters always know best".
Canadian province British Columbia hasn't seen a party govern with a minority of the seats in parliament in more than 60 years, Kallanish Energy learns.
"I want to work with him, I really do, and I've tried and I've continued to try but he's got to control his temper".
Again, because B.C.is B.C., NDP Leader John Horgan was refusing concession, and was talking as if his party had actually secured victory in what he called a "vote for change".
Weaver heralded the breakthrough of his candidates on Vancouver Island.
"You can trust that every decision the B.C. Greens will make will follow the principle, issue by issue, of an evidence-based approach", Weaver said. "Now is not the time for those discussions".
If Horgan happens to become premier via this election, which seems an outside possibility at this point, it would certainly bring more light to West Shore issues such as transportation and affordable housing, to name a couple.
"Small parties like the Greens are forever disadvantaged by a first-past-the post system". The Greens support an even higher price on carbon than the Liberals are proposing.
The loss of its majority is a big blow for the Liberals, which had campaigned on a track record of strong economic growth and balanced budgets, but had been hobbled by voter anger over unaffordable real estate and environmental concerns.
The election results came from 1,092 schools representing all 87 electoral districts in the province.