Thursday, 14 December, 2017

Inside the NDP-Green governing agreement

Christy Clark to stay on as B.C. premier		Clark addressed her supporters in Vancouver
	Katya Slepian Tue May 30th 2017 1:30pmNews Christy Clark to stay on as B.C. premier Clark addressed her supporters in Vancouver Katya Slepian Tue May 30th 2017 1:30pmNews
Velma Reese | 31 May, 2017, 01:11

Details will be released Tuesday after the pact is ratified by members of the New Democratic Party, leader John Horgan said at a news conference with Weaver in Victoria.

Clark appears resigned to losing a confidence motion, opening the way for the second-place NDP to be given a chance to form a government by Lt. -Gov.

NDP Leader John Horgan spoke briefly to his caucus before it met privately on the agreement, which has already been approved by the Greens.

Horgan and B.C. Green leader Andrew Weaver announced their agreement Monday, a "four-year framework" in which the Greens pledge to support an NDP government on so-called "confidence" votes such as passing a budget and a bill to supply money to the government.

Horgan said after 16 years in Opposition, he is excited about the prospect of governing.

We will get our first look at the details of the deal between the BC NDP and Green parties later Tuesday, but first the New Democrats need to add their signatures. "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 can come together". The Liberals won 43 seats, the NDP 41 and the Greens took three seats.

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Weaver has been negotiating with both parties since his party held the balance of power in the legislature after the provincial election on May 9.

Clark's Liberals were unable to persuade the Green party to back them in a minority government.

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

In addition to pushing its environmental priorities, the Green Party supports a ban on corporate and union political donations and a revamping of the province's political system so that parties get legislative seats based on their proportion of the popular vote.

Horgan said this morning that he's hoping to form B.C.'s next government "in a few short days" now that he has the backing of the Greens. "I have every confidence that there is going to be unanimous support from our team so I don't want to leave any doubt there", he told reporters Monday.

During the tense two weeks that followed election day, the possibility of a slim B.C. Liberal majority thanks to Courtenay-Comox kept all sides from making any serious commitments.

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