Friday, 25 May, 2018

Christy Clark to stay on as BC premier

Christy Clark to stay on as BC premier Christy Clark to stay on as BC premier
Christy Curtis | 31 May, 2017, 05:47

The Liberals won the most seats, but were unable to persuade the Green party to back them in a minority government. However, with only 44 seats (with Green support), and the necessity of appointing a speaker and a committee of the whole chair, the NDP would have 42 seats to the Liberals' 43.

"I've never sat on the Opposition side before", he said, adding he will have to learn how to get things done from that side of the Legislature.

NDP Leader John Horgan and Green Leader Andrew Weaver didn't take issue with Clark's decision to lose in a house vote, but want her to move quickly.

"The draft document we shared with Andrew and his team, that was I think, the foundation for what allowed us to work forward together".

Instead, the accord signed by all 41 New Democrat and three Green MLAs Tuesday merely promises a referendum in conjunction with the November 2018 civic elections.

When The Journal asks if the increased support for the Green Party province-wide indicates voters tiring of the two established parties, Tegart says it's hard to say.

Cariboo-Chilcotin incumbent Donna Barnett, who has served as the Minister of State for Rural Economic Development under Clark for the past two years, told the Tribune Monday she had "no comment" while Cariboo North incumbent Coralee Oakes who served as the province's Minister of Small Business, did not return calls for comment.

However, despite the recent turn of events, Liberal leader Christy Clark has promised not to resign.

"We have a duty to meet the house and to test its confidence".

The agreement is for confidence measures only, and is not a coalition, Weaver said.

That's not what happened, with the Greens eventually siding with the NDP.

A timeline on when the B.C. Utilities Commission will review the project has not been released.

It also seeks to stop the Kinder Morgan's $7.4 billion pipeline expansion project and require further reviews of the $8.8 billion Site C hydroelectric dam.

That and other resource projects were likely sticking points in the B.C. Liberals' discussions with the Greens for support in the minority parliament.

"We're going to work together on this", said Weaver. He echoed Clark's election-night comments that the almost exact split in votes between the B.C. Liberals and the NDP is a message to all parties to work together.

Speaking to CKNW's Simi Sara on the Jon McComb show, key Green consultant and negotiator Norman Spector says the Greens went into negotiations with an open mind, though he admits the gap with the Liberals was larger. "I believe we have a unique opportunity, a historic opportunity to demonstrate, not just to British Columbians but to all Canadians, that people of good will come together".

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