Local candidates react to NDP-Green deal

"She has a constitutional responsibility to go to the Lieutenant-Governor since our party received the most seats and the most votes, and to try and form the government", Letnick told the Capital News moments after leaving a Liberal caucus meeting where Clark announced her decision.

The parties said Tuesday they would use "every tool available" to stop the expansion of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline, and would refer the Site C hydroelectric dam to the B.C. Utilities Commission to determine its economic viability. The three Green Party MLAs already signed the deal, according to Green leader Andrew Weaver.

According to Clark, whose party won 43 seats or one short of the required majority of 44 in the last election, she will convene the legislative assembly and test its confidence.

But Letnick said it appears clear what he called a "coalition" between the NDP and the B.C. Greens will defeat the Liberal minority government at the first opportunity.

"There's an bad lot that can be done in British Columbia to stop the shipping of diluted bitumen in our coastal waters, and rest assured the B.C. Greens and B.C. NDP will work together on this", he said.

Donaldson said he believed the Greens and NDP were a good fit.

"I'm hopeful that if Ms. Clark does want to through with that precedent, that she does so in a timely manner", said Horgan.

Asked whether she will resign if her government falls, Clark said she is prepared to accept any job that British Columbians give her.

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.

"Sixty per cent of British Columbians voted for some kind of change and that's what they got, so I think that although it's a very thin minority as far as the seats are concerned, as far as the confidence of British Columbians, it's very strong", Macnair said.

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.

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

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley also doubled down on seeing the pipeline through. The Greens and NDP would then immediately vote to bring her down.

They will complain, of course, that the NDP and the Greens are going to drive business out of the province.

"Myself and Mr. Weaver have demonstrated that we have majority support of those who have been elected", Horgan said.

On Monday, Mr Horgan announced that he had the support of the BC Green Party to oust Ms Clark's Liberal Party.

He's also looking to have the voting system changed to a form of proportional representation; while the NDP supports that idea, Horgan had previously said the change would require a referendum which the Greens opposed.

  • Leroy Wright