Pressure builds on NDP and B.C. Greens to work together in legislature

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      A coalition of civil-society organizations does not want B.C. Green Leader Andrew Weaver to keep Premier Christy Clark in power.

      On Tuesday (May 23), they'll hold a news conference at the B.C. legislature calling on the B.C. Greens and NDP to agree to work together on "shared values and platform commitments".

      The groups include Leadnow, the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs, the B.C. Health Coalition,, Force of Nature, One Cowichan, and the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of B.C. 

      The announcement of a news conference comes as Elections B.C. has begun counting absentee ballots that could determine if either the B.C. Liberals or the NDP win a majority of seats in the legislature.

      On election night on May 9, the Liberals were ahead 43-41 in the seat count after the preliminary results. The Greens held the balance of power with three seats.

      The final count, which includes nearly 180,000 absentee ballots, is taking place from today until Wednesday (May 24).

      Recounts are also being held in Courtenay-Comox and Vancouver-False Creek, which were won by the NDP and B.C. Liberal candidates, respectively.