BC Greens-NDP call joint news conference to make 'significant' announcement

Emmett Rice
May 30, 2017

Lt. -Gov. Judith Guichon will likely still give Christy Clark the first chance to form government, but without the support of the Greens (or NDP) that government is doomed to quickly go down in a vote of non-confidence.

Notwithstanding Horgan's wait-and-see admonition on the contents of the four-year agreement, Weaver disclosed one item by way of discussing one factor that drove him into the arms of the New Democrats over the B.C. Liberals.

But pipeline opponents - now nearly the government - say that if the pipeline can't be stopped in the courts, it should be stalled into extinction with a variety of tactics.

Weaver said his caucus supports the agreement. "And that was change", Horgan said.

Exact details will be released Tuesday after the NDP and Green caucuses ratify the deal, the leaders said.

Weaver said he wouldn't release the details of the agreement, but noted that Green candidates campaigned hard against Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline proposal.

I suspect many of those B.C. Liberal supporters were complacent in their belief that the woman in the blue hardhat was cruising to victory. The Liberals ended up with 43 seats, while the NDP took 41 and the Greens three.

Into that cauldron, Premier Rachel Notley's Alberta NDP government is trying to inject some certainty, both through back-channel talks and public declarations.

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Premier Christy Clark says that the B.C. Liberals "have a responsibility to carefully consider" their next steps. Horgan said there was no discussion about having his party absorb Weaver and Green MLA-elects, Sonia Furstenau and Adam Olsen into the NDP. Both parties oppose the C$7.4 billion ($5.49 billion) project.

"We have the majority support of members in the legislature and that will be up to the premier and the Lieutenant Governor to discuss", Horgan said.

"We wanted to maintain a minority situation to show British Columbians that it can work", Weaver said.

Green advisor Norman Spector provided an early insight into how the Greens "recoiled" at the idea of cutting a deal with the Liberals.

Andrew Weaver, leader of British Columbia's Green Party, is set to remove the province's Liberal Party from power, after striking a deal with the NDP.

"To be blunt, I think John and I saw a different side of each other in the negotiations", said Weaver. Clark is expected to be given the first opportunity to govern based on the election result and incumbency, and could challenge the opposition to defeat a throne speech or budget in the legislature.

On Monday, Clark posted a video on her Facebook page, saying she knows there's a lot of uncertainty about who would form the government. "And that decision was for the BC Greens to work with the BC the BC NDP to provide a stable minority government over the four-year term of this next session". A decision that we felt was in the best interest of British Columbia today. A clear majority of British Columbians voted for change in the election, he said.

For the federal NDP and Green Party, however, the news was met with much enthusiasm.

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