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

British Columbia Premier Christy Clark addresses the media at her office in Vancouver, B.C., Wednesday, May 10, 2017.

Liberal Premier Christy Clark has said she will recall the provincial legislature in June where she expects a confidence vote will result in the probable defeat of her government.

But he said the Liberals, who fell one seat short of a majority, learned a valuable lesson from this past election-that they need to rebuild trust in some parts of the province.

"There's an bad lot that can be done in British Columbia to stop the shipping of diluted bitumen in our coastal waters", he said at the news conference, pointing specifically to the rights of First Nations.

That agreement still needed to be ratified by NDP and Green MLAs, which is expected to happen Tuesday.

Combined, the NDP and Greens have enough votes to bring down the government with a no-confidence vote and if the government is defeated, Horgan would likely be offered an opportunity to govern with Green support before another election could be called. "Right now - today was about giving the Lieutenant-Governor and option to form a government with 44 MLAs", he said, referring to the power-sharing agreement he's signed with the NDP, combining the Greens' 3 seats with the NDP's 41 seats to create a majority on any confidence vote.

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

While Suzuki said the carbon tax increase is nowhere near as high as he'd like to see ("it's trivial"), and continuing construction on the Site C "has no justification", he was pleased with the two leaders' commitment to stop Kinder Morgan.

"In recent days, we have made every effort to reach a governing agreement, while standing firm on our core beliefs", Clark said in a statement after the Green-NDP deal was announced.

After negotiations with both the Liberals and the NDP, the Greens chose to side with John Horgan's NDP.

But federal Green Party Leader Elizabeth May said she thinks Trans Mountain is "dead". We've got to meet targets.

With the Greens pledging support Monday afternoon to the BC New Democrats for a so-called "minority government", and no announcement from the BC Liberals - at least as of Campbell River Mirror press time Tuesday morning - with regards to their own plans, the future of leadership by B.C.'s elected officials seems a little murky at present.

Horgan and Weaver both thanked Clark for facing the house in a timely manner, with the Green leader describing her response to the NDP-Green agreement as "very gracious".

"I think British Columbians, quite frankly, are sick and exhausted of being told that the 20th century economy is the economy of tomorrow", he said.

"When it comes down to things like the fossil fuel industry, we just have to have the conversation about how do we keep those resources in the ground", Toner said.

"People voted overwhelmingly for change, and we are ready to give them that", said Horgan. Judith Guichon to ask for another election, at which point it would be up to Guichon to decide whether to send voters back to the polls or ask Horgan to form a government.

  • Zachary Reyes