Livaja hopeful that BC will see NDP leadership in place

British Columbia Premier Christy Clark announced today that she will recall the provincial legislature to see if she can continue governing with a minority government despite an opposition attempt to form a coalition.

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.

More than two weeks after voting day, absentee ballots favour a win for NDP candidate Ronna-Rae Leonard in Courtenay-Comox, giving the NDP 41 seats in the new 87-seat B.C. legislature.

Yesterday came the joint announcement from John Horgan and Andrew Weaver, that the NDP and Green parties would be collaborating, thus forming a majority against the BC Liberals in the provincial legislature.

Though the accord sets the stage for the Greens to prop up an NDP minority government in every confidence vote for four years, and to collaborate on several policies, it does not guarantee their cooperation on individual bills.

Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver gives John Horgan a ride to Government House in his electric vehicle. But. if there is going to be a transfer of power in this province, and certainly it seems like there will be, it shouldn't be done behind closed doors. "The Lieutenant-Governor's decision would be, should my government not meet the test of confidence in the House ... she would ask, I think, the NDP, as the party that has the second-largest number of seats, whether they can govern".

"The BC Green Caucus will remain its own party and will be a ... recognized party".

Following Clark's media comments, the BC Greens and BC NDP released a joint press release containing additional details on their plan to remove Clark from her position as premier.

Clark's decision to stay on signals she intends to fight the attempt by the New Democrats and Greens to take power in the legislature.

"I am happy to take on any job that the voters will give me".

There were notable absences from their agreement, including the NDP's campaign promise to end bridge tolls - a platform Weaver said the Greens simply don't support. She made clear, however, that she expects her government to fall.

Even before the recounting had been completed in the extremely tight B.C. election, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley fired a warning shot over the bow of a potential new B.C. government by saying, "We understand that some oppose the twinning of the pipeline, and I respect their opinion".

"There's many shared values that we have with the B.C NDP", said Weaver, adding that he got into politics in 2013 because couldn't stand to see the "dismantling" of climate leadership and the B.C. economy.

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

Horgan has said he wouldn't want to change the electoral system without a referendum.

The Liberals won the most seats, but were unable to persuade the Green party to back them in a minority government.

  • Salvatore Jensen