BC Greens throw support behind NDP under four The BC Green Party says it will support the BC NDP in the legislature.
Party leader Andrew Weaver made the announcement next to BC NDP Leader John Horgan outside the legislature Monday afternoon. The two parties say they have reached a four year agreement, with the Greens giving the NDP its support to "provide a stable minority government over four years," Weaver said. The deal comes after four negotiating sessions with the NDP, which will ratify an agreement with its caucus on Tuesday, Weaver said. "What was obvious to us, the BC Greens, is there is so much commonality in this legislature," Weaver said. "There are so many ideas that all parties share. Green Party retains its role as potential king maker. The final count left the Liberals one seat short of a majority with 43 seats to 41 for the NDP and three for the Greens. With 60 per cent of voters casting a ballot for the NDP, Greens, or other smaller parties, British Columbians voted for a change from the BC Liberals, Horgan said. "I'm very excited about the prospect of stable government and demonstrating to British Columbians that we can do great things when we work together. We can do great things across party lines when we have a government in place that's anxious to do that." Both Weaver and Horgan took questions from reporters outside the legislature. Media tuning into the announcement via teleconference were not given an opportunity to ask questions. Further details about the agreement between the two parties are expected to be released on Tuesday, following its ratification by the NDP. A pact between the two parties does not necessarily mean they will form government. Liberal Leader Christy Clark remains premier and has first crack at delivering a throne speech in the legislature. If the speech is defeated, the NDP could be given the opportunity to form a government with the support of the Greens. "In recent days, we have made every effort to reach a governing agreement, while standing firm on our core beliefs," Clark said in a statement. "It's vitally important that British Columbians see the specific details of the agreement announced today by the BC NDP and Green Party leaders, which could have far reaching consequences for our province's future." Clark says the coach outlet kentucky party has a responsibility to consider its next steps and deferred further comment until she has had time to consult with her caucus. Both Horgan and Weaver told reporters they have not spoken with Clark since the election, though the parties have been communicating throughout negotiations. Horgan said the two parties will be approaching Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon about their agreement in the coming days. As for Clark, "the premier will have some choices to make without any doubt," Horgan said. Dan Davies delivers a speech after being elected MLA for Peace River coach outlet coupons zantac North on May 9. Matt Preprost For the Peace Region, the announcement leaves MLA elects Dan Davies (Peace River North) and Mike Bernier (Peace River South) on the outside looking in. Both won their ridings handily for the BC Liberals, and Bernier served as education minister in the last government. "There is still, without a doubt, a lot of uncertainty as this plays out," Davies said after the press conference. "At the end of the day, my job is still remains the same, and that is coach outlet coupons you don't have to download to be a strong advocate for our riding and make sure that our issues and concerns are being brought forward in Victoria. That won't change." The announcement also brings many new questions to table including the future of the Site C dam, the liquefied natural gas industry, and the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain expansion. Davies declined to speculate on the impacts of a possible NDP government on the North Peace, instead taking a "wait and see" approach. "BC Liberals are moving forward and plan to get our LNG industry up and going, we are still firmly standing beside the Site C project," he said. "Responsible resource development, at the end of the day, that's who we are up here. This is the worrisome territory that we are moving towards, when we look at the coach factory outlet online usa NDP and certainly the Green Party as not so favourable to the resource sector. That's when we start drawing the uncertainty and the unknown. "What is it going to look like for the residents of this entire region if there's no movement on LNG? They're looking at stopping Site C.
These are big things. I don't have a crystal ball, I just need to be really focused on what I need to do and at the end of the day that is to represent this riding" NDP government would end 16 years of Liberal rule The NDP hasn't governed the province since 2001, while Weaver made clear early on his three conditions for his party's support in the legislature: campaign and electoral finance reform, and official party status for the Greens. Horgan called the agreement an opportunity for his opposition party to bring "new eyes" to government, and both he and Weaver believe it will prove a move to proportional representation can work.
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