BC NDP and Greens hint at shared vision during surprise announcement

Marsha Scott
May 30, 2017

For B.C. Liberal Premier Christy Clark, NDP Leader John Horgan and Green Leader Andrew Weaver, the stakes are who will govern the province.

"We can have a stable minority government for four years with the support of B.C. Green MLAs on confidence and supply matters", said Weaver on Monday.

"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", she said.

The Liberals won a slim victory in elections earlier in May, with 43 seats to the NDP's 41.

"We also had good negotiations with the B.C. Liberals, and what was obvious to us, the B.C. Greens, is that there is so much commonality in this legislature", Weaver said.

"I look forward to working with both other parties so that we can finally get big money out of politics, move towards electoral reform and implement good public policy on a wide range of issues that puts people first", said Weaver.

Troy garnered 2,976 votes, or nearly 16 per cent of the popular vote her first time out representing the British Columbia party - now it's the aftermath and countdown to official return of the writ on Wednesday that has really piqued her interest.

"This is an adversarial place by its nature", said Horgan.

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At this point, Troy says representing the B.C. Greens has been an eye-opening experience combined with an engaging form of volunteerism. Judith Guichon has an option of asking the Green and NDP party leaders to govern without an election. "Sixty per cent of the voters that cast votes voted for change and we are going to be able to give that change as a result of the agreement reached between the BC Green caucus and the BC NDP caucus". While the Green Party benefited from some Liberal protest votes in this recent election, it was not those people Mr. Weaver was anxious about when it came to making a decision about what to do and who to join forces with in forming government. A Speaker appointed from the parties would be required to break tie votes in the house, and no MLAs, cabinet ministers or the premier could leave the building for key votes or else government would be at risk of being overwhelmed by a 43-seat Liberal opposition.

Power sharing talks have been underway since, between the Greens and the NDP, as well as the Greens and Liberals.

Weaver suggested Sunday he might be prepared to announce a deal with either the NDP or Liberals on Tuesday.

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. "And both of us want to change that".

Jean said he hopes Notley will forge a better relationship with the new B.C. government than she had with the B.C. Liberals.

Guichon can refuse and allow another party to have a crack at forming government. "I will consult on those steps with the newly elected BC Liberal caucus, and have more to say tomorrow", Clark said. But with the new deal between the Green Party and the NDP on the table, it is unlikely her government would last long.

Weaver said his caucus supports the agreement.

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