Clark won't quit as BC premier, will test confidence of legislature

Some have criticized Christy Clark's decision to force a vote of confidence in the legislature but Morris says Clark is within her rights.

Weaver said comments in support of the pipeline are misguided, likening them to Clark's promises in the 2013 election campaign to the potential prosperity of a liquefied natural gas industry.

While Horgan and Weaver's trip to Government House signals their commitment to each other, they also run the risk of creating the impression they are pressuring Guichon prior to the actual confidence vote. "Constitutional conventions tells us that and I intend to do that in very short order", she said.

NDP leader John Horgan and Green leader Andrew Weaver announced the agreement Monday afternoon, though full details are expected to be disclosed Tuesday.

"I am a firm believer in collaboration", said Ashton, explaining that the members of the legislature were elected to serve the best interests of the people of B.C. Only once in the last half-century has a political party in B.C. received more than 50 per cent of the popular vote (the Gordon Campbellled Liberal decimation of the NDP in 2001), which means the party with the most seats will nearly certainly need an ally in order to govern.

But Clark appears resigned to losing a confidence motion, opening the way for the second-place NDP to be given a chance to form a government by Lt. -Gov.

In the same release, Horgan said that a B.C. NDP government will "make life more affordable, fix the services people count on, and build a sustainable economy that works for people". "And I'm more than ready and willing to take that job on".

The signing of the agreement did not stop Christy Clark from announcing Tuesday she plans to stay on as premier. Olsen asked. "It's not the position I had during the election but it's where we arrived during the negotiations and I'm comfortable with it".

The Liberals won 43 seats in the election, the NDP 41 and the Greens three. The B.C. Liberals won the most seats and Guichon would need a clear reason to call for a change, such as the defeat of the government in a vote on its pre-election budget.

"We've never been in this situation before, so anything is new I guess", Shypitka said.

"I think proportional representation would be incredible", said Prest, "and if we can show in the next four years that a minority government can work well, that people can collaborate and agree and move forward on big decisions, I think it can be a really bright future for our province". But work on the project will not be halted while that happens, Horgan said.

While the two party leaders agreed to the deal on Monday morning at a joint press conference live-streamed by the CBC, it needs to be ratified by the BC NDP party caucus.

"You'd be surprised how quickly the issue of ensuring people have good jobs becomes front and centre to responsible governments that care about working people and there I know is where we share a number of values with the emerging leadership in British Columbia".

  • Joanne Flowers