As we've noted at times, it's difficult for whatever reason to get a discussion going on Canadian politics. I did think that the election results in British Columbia last night were interesting. It's a minority government - the first in BC in something like 65 years. The BC Liberals won 43 seats, the BC NDP won 41 seats and the BC Greens picked up 3 seats. This is new and uncharted territory for the Green Party in Canada. They've never really even been close to having anything resembling power or influence. Now, suddenly they have the balance of power in BC and will basically decide who gets to govern. Christy Clark has already said that she'll stay on as Premier, but in the wake of the election results, it's really up to the Greens whether they support the Clark Liberals or the NDP led by John Horgan. And I wonder what they'll be looking for in exchange for their support. It's a tough decision. Propping up a minority government doesn't usually work to the advantage of the party doing the propping up. If things go well the governing party gets the credit and if things don't go well the electorate swings to the Opposition and not the third party that kept the government that's not doing well in power. So the Greens in BC have some tough decisions to make. I expect Elizabeth May (as a Green MP from British Columbia) will share her opinion with Andrew Weaver (the Green leader in BC) but probably not publicly. This is quite an opportunity for the Greens - but it also comes with some big risks. In a way up until yesterday you could say that the Greens in Canada were as pure as the driven snow. They've never really had to start thinking about what their priorities are, what they're willing to compromise on, what party they prefer to work with, etc. etc. It will be fascinating to watch - even if from a distance.