"I will work with the other parties to do what needs to be done", provincial Premier and Liberal Party leader Christy Clark told supporters, saying she meant to continue as premier.
NDP leader John Horgan and BC Green Party leader Andrew Weaver also won their respective ridings.
Political newcomer Mitzi Dean, while clearly helped by the electoral track record of NDP predecessor Maurine Karagianis, has to be given full credit for handily defeating well-known Liberal candidate Barb Desjardins for the Esquimalt-Metchosin seat.
Election night saw the Liberals' early lead diminish as John Horgan's NDP narrowed the gap by picking up new seats in Metro Vancouver, finishing with 41 seats compared to the Liberals' 43. The Liberals lost the riding by nine votes and could still win it in a recount or with the absentee ballots that will start to be counted May 22.
"We are waiting for the outcome of the results from the British Columbia election, and we will work with whatever - whichever - whoever forms government, and our priority is getting it right when it comes to the environment and the economy".
In that riding, students picked city councillor and NDP candidate Anne Kang over Rick McGowan of the Green Party. Asked several times if she accepts personal responsibility, Clark avoided a direct answer.
British Columbia had the highest rate of economic growth among Canada's provinces in 2015 and is projected to have repeated that performance in 2016.
"We have won the popular vote, and we have won the most seats, and with absentee ballots still to be counted, I am confident they will strengthen our margin of victory", said Clark.
An unlikely but still possible scenario could see a coalition government of the NDP and Greens, the combination of which would have won in a dozen more ridings if not for vote splitting. In the same area in the 2013 provincial election, the Greens, NDP and Liberals came within 379 votes of each other.
"We both agreed on a number of issues, yes", he said. A dialogue about how we do things, what we should do, how we want to shape the future of our province. "We need to reclaim democracy for the people of British Columbia". But Horgan would not make a commitment to working with the Green leader in a minority government. As she left the polling station, Clark stopped to say hello to a young girl.
"We offered people a change that they could count on and British Columbians delivered that change tonight", said Weaver.
"I would expect as soon as government sits in the legislature there will be legislation to ban big money in politics", said Weaver.
It's not easy being Green on British Columbia's political scene - especially for a party facing a hard choice in who it might back in a minority government.
"It's easier to imagine a deal between the Greens and the NDP - not personality wise, but on substance".
Political scientists say Green Leader Andrew Weaver must carefully stickhandle the power he has while not alienating his own supporters if the results of the election are confirmed in the coming weeks and no party has a majority in the legislature.
The most significant gain the Green Party could make is to push through proportional representation by uniting with the NDP, said Harrison and Johnston, both political science professors and researchers.