NDP Leader John Horgan is optimistic about making deal with B.C. Green Leader Andrew Weaver

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      The leader of the provincial New Democrats has given a strong hint that he might soon reach an agreement with the leader of the B.C. Greens.

      Speaking to journalists in Victoria, John Horgan said that he's been talking to Andrew Weaver and his team.

      "I'm optimistic that we'll be able to put together a framework that has a majority of support in the legislature," Horgan said.

      He pointed out that the B.C. Liberals under Christy Clark have fallen short of obtaining a majority.

      Final election results today show the B.C. Liberals with 43 seats, compared to 41 for the NDP and three for the B.C. Greens.

      "After 16 years, it's time for a new government," Horgan said. "I believe I can address that in the days ahead."

      He also claimed that "everyone is excited about the prospects for change".

      Andrew Weaver is in a position where he might be able to choose who will become premier.

      Earlier this afternoon, Christy Clark declared that the B.C. Liberals "have a responsibility" to form a government.

      Horgan, however, said that he's been speaking with the B.C. Greens about issues that both he and Weaver are concerned about. They include proportional representation and campaign-finance reform.

      "Those are two fundamental issues for both parties and they're fundamental because they address and affect people," Horgan said. "I believe and Andrew Weaver believes that our government has been distorted by big money. The big Liberal donors have made it hard for people to find a centre or find a place in our politics."

      He noted 60 percent of British Columbians voted for a new provincial government, but the electorate still doesn't have that.

      "I believe they can and I believe they will," Horgan said.