Highlights of the NDP-Green deal in British Columbia

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04 June, 2017

After negotiations with both the Liberals and the NDP, the Greens chose to side with John Horgan's NDP.

That would be the united opposition's first opportunity to defeat the government and propose an NDP government supported by the Greens.

NDP leader John Horgan announced Monday they reached a support agreement with the three-member B.C. Green party.

According to Clark, whose party won 43 seats or one short of the required majority of 44 in the last election, she will convene the legislative assembly and test its confidence.

"If we were asked today to form the government, we have no information to base our decisions on", Horgan said, after signing the deal with Weaver. "We're going to implement that, and we're hopefully going to have the support of the Green Party at that time", said Horgan.

Clark will be speaking at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday to the NDP-Green agreement aimed at replacing her government.

British Columbia's NDP leader highlighted affordable housing and health care Tuesday as key elements in a minority government deal with the Green party.

"I'm hopeful that if Ms. Clark does want to through with that precedent, that she does so in a timely manner", said Horgan.

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"If there is going to be a transfer of power in this province, and it certainly seems like there will be, it shouldn't be done behind closed doors", Clark said.

Kinder Morgan Canada president Ian Anderson said Wednesday that the company continues to move forward with the project despite comments from the B.C. Greens and NDP, and is awarding major contracts ahead of the expected September start date.

"The Premier has indicated that we have every intention of forming government", says Tegart.

Both the NDP and Greens opposed the project in the election campaign, but it is a federally governed project.

"I value the positive working relationship that Premier Clark and I maintained in previous sessions, where we were able to work together to advance important public policy issues". The bottom line is, as the representative for Fraser-Nicola, I'll go to Victoria, we'll do the work, and we'll work with whatever is in place.

The parties have been meeting in recent weeks to negotiate potential alliances. Yesterday, the Greens and NDP announced they planned of collaborating to form a majority in the BC Legislature.

But after 16 years of the same party in government, a little bit of upheaval and renewal is probably a good thing. "Those should be the best people at managing a major corporation and not people that you need to switch when you change governments".

The plan consists of dozen of commitments including holding a referendum next year on a system of representation by population that would be used to determine the outcome of the next provincial election, if it is approved by voters.


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