Trudeau Stands by Kinder Morgan Despite Political Shakeup in BC

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

Constitutional convention suggests that Premier Christy Clark, as the incumbent, gets the first shot at forming a government.

Horgan said the Green agreement would allow an NDP government to improve housing affordability, improve health care, defend the coast from pipelines and improve the education system.

"That is [a second election] up to the lieutenant governor".

She said if the NDP are successful, it will be easy to collaborate with the Greens because of the similarities between the two platforms.

An NDP minority government in British Columbia would be hard pressed to make good on all the plans it has laid out in an agreement with the Green party, experts say.

"I think British Columbians, quite frankly, are sick and exhausted of being told that the 20th-century economy is the economy of tomorrow", Weaver said at the news conference alongside Horgan.

For Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, the NDP-Green alliance's stance on the pipeline threatens a project that she says is vital both to her province and the national economy.

But, as is so often the case in B.C. politics, what lies ahead is anything but clear.

"I'm looking forward to having a government that will do whatever it can to fight against the Kinder-Morgan pipeline expansion", says Livaja.

"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 challenge here is to demonstrate to British Columbians, as we are today, that people from different political persuasions can come together in the interest of British Columbians so people don't fear minority governments, in fact, they embrace them", Horgan said.

In episode six, Zussman talks about the landmark deal between the B.C. NDP and Green parties that changed the face of the 2017 B.C. election. Our agreement to support a B.C. NDP government is an important aspect of collaboration in this new political era, but cross-partisan work is not limited to it.

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.

Under the deal, the NDP would run the province with support from the Greens on confidence and budgetary motions that, if defeated, could cause a government to fall. Horgan said to applause.

Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungall was informed via conference call of the historic agreement between the Greens and the NDP, but it took her a while to get her head around exactly how this is all going to work.

"We specifically did not ask for there to be a coalition", said Weaver.

Should Clark lose the vote, she would have to resign.

  • Zachary Reyes