BC NDP and Green Party intend to form minority government

B.C. NDP leader John Horgan delivers opening remarks to the New Democrat caucus on Tuesday
B.C. NDP leader John Horgan delivers opening remarks to the New Democrat caucus on Tuesday

31 May, 2017

Ms Clark said she is unlikely to survive a confidence vote, but will not resign pre-emptively. The opposition New Democrats won 41.

"If there is going to be a transfer of power in this province, and it certainly seems like there will be, it shouldn't be done behind closed doors".

The agreement would allow the second place NDP to form a minority government with the support of the Green party.

The form of proportional representation approved in the referendum would be enacted in the next provincial election.

Another one is that any coalition deal between the Greens and the NDP produces a 44-43 split, a situation as fragile as the one Clark faces.

Both Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Notley came out in defence of the project, with Trudeau emphasizing that the project is in the national interest while Notley reminded B.C. of the jobs it will provide.

He said he isn't looking to get directly invovled with the government, but may work on organizing local Greens before the next election.

Trudeau says the Alberta energy industry needs the pipeline to boost exports to Asia and reduce reliance on the USA market. "That would be a large blow to the economy", he said.

"That includes Kinder Morgan and making sure we have access to tidewater for our products", said Alberta Deputy Premier Sarah Hoffman.

Hoffman said Alberta would intervene in lawsuits against the project.

Site C construction will continue as the project is reassessed.

The B.C. Liberals are fighting back against the NDP and Greens.

Horgan campaigned on a promise to use "every tool in the toolbox" to stop the twinning of the pipeline, which would increase crude oil tanker traffic in the Port of Vancouver to about one vessel a day.

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British Columbia Premier Christy Clark takes part in a news conference in Ottawa on December 9, 2016.

"Ultimately, a framework on climate leadership is what brought the B.C. Greens here today to work with the B.C. NDP", Weaver said.

No doubt there are groups who are appalled at the outcome of this election, but we have not received official statements from them.

Bateman added Horgan and Weaver "snickered at blue collar workers in this province".

"People voted overwhelmingly for change, and we are ready to give them that".

The Speaker can break ties, but any government that has to rely on that vote is barely legitimate.

There's no express mention of ride-hailing services like Uber, though Tuesday afternoon NDP Leader John Horgan spoke of his distaste for the idea of a California-based company sucking away money at the expense of those who have invested heavily in the B.C. taxi industry.

Recalling the legislature within a month of the swearing in of the NDP cabinet.

However, Clark said she didn't want to speculate as to whether Lt. -Gov.

The Peterborough Examiner took the Canadian Press' story on the Horgan/Weaver deal and re-topped it with detail on Horgan's university days, including how he met his wife. "This is an incredible opportunity for teamwork on the issues that matter to British Columbians".

Horgan arrived to a standing ovation and a flurry of desk thumping as NDP MLAs and party staff crowded into the Opposition board room at the legislature to hear details of a power-sharing agreement announced Monday with the Greens.

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