Clark won't quit as BC premier, will recall house

Clark has 43 seats in the 87-seat legislature to 41 for the NDP and three for the Greens.

Clark said she plans to bring the house back in early June and made the decision to test the will of the legislature after consulting constitutional experts.

On Monday, NDP leader John Horgan and Green leader Andrew Weaver announced their parties would cooperate to form a "confidence and supply" government. The most obvious one is that while the B.C. Liberals raised more money than they were allowed to spend in the formal campaign, the Greens and the NDP are likely broke if not in debt. "It should happen in public as constitutional convention tells us it should".

Clark noted that negotiations with the Green party were unsuccessful.

NDP and Green MLAs met at the B.C. legislature Tuesday to sign the agreement, to be forwarded with a letter to Lt. Governor Judith Guichon this week asking for consideration of their status to govern.

We will get our first look at the details of the deal between the BC NDP and Green parties later Tuesday, but first the New Democrats need to add their signatures. "I am more than ready and willing to take that job on".

Horgan said this morning that he's hoping to form B.C.'s next government "in a few short days" now that he has the backing of the Greens. "I will consult on those steps with the newly elected BC Liberal caucus, and have more to say tomorrow".

Horgan says after 16 years in Opposition, the NDP is excited about the prospect of forming the next government.

After all, he said it would only take one New Demcocrat to miss the ferry to Vancouver Island for the vote in the legislature in Victoria and "the Liberals could survive a confidence vote on the throne speech".

The Greens may agree with the NDP on a number of issues, particularly on climate and environmental issues.

WATCH our coverage of the B.C. NDP and Green parties unveiling the details of their agreement at 2 p.m. PST today.

The economic importance of the forestry and pulp and paper industries to British Columbia will make it hard, if not impossible, for either the BC Liberals or New Democrats to adopt any Green Party policy that might limit production in the interests of sustainability and climate-change mitigation.

Horgan welcomed 15 new people to his caucus as well as veterans such as Carole James, Mike Farnworth and Leonard Krog.

  • Carolyn Briggs