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Lieutenant-governor asks Christy Clark to govern

B.C. Lieutenant-governor Judith Guichon has asked Premier Christy Clark to continue to govern the province with her current minority of seats, says Clark's office.
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Premier Christy Clark speaks a campaign event in Prince George last week. She's been asked to remain premier with a minority government.

B.C. Lieutenant-governor Judith Guichon has asked Premier Christy Clark to continue to govern the province with her current minority of seats, says Clark's office.

Clark and Guichon spoke this morning by phone, and Clark is set to address the media at noon from her premier's office in Vancouver. Clark also spoke to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The move will theoretically allow Clark to reconvene the legislature at a time of her choosing, where she would have to pass a throne speech, budget and other legislation.

And it would appear, at least temporarily, to dampen the immediate possibility of a coalition government between the NDP and Greens.

However, there are at least four ridings in which recounts are likely and one, in Courtenay-Comox, where the margin of victory was only nine votes and could be changed when the absentee and out-of-district advance ballots are tallied during Elections B.C.'s final count, beginning May 22.

Depending on the outcome, it could shift either the NDP or Liberals into a majority government situation.