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BC NDP and Green Party intend to form minority government

31 May 2017

Christy Clark says that she won't be resigning as Premier, and will attempt to form a minority government when the Legislature returns next month.

The Liberals won a plurality of seats with 43 compared to the NDP's 41 and three for the Greens, so parliamentary tradition gives Clark the first chance to form a government.

"We have a duty to meet the house and test its confidence", Clark told reporters in downtown Vancouver on Tuesday, adding that she believes it is "likely" the Liberals would fail.

Meanwhile, the BC NDP caucus has been meeting in Victoria and reviewing the deal leader John Horgan cut with the BC Greens.

On Monday afternoon, just two days before Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon was expected to certify a minority Liberal government, B.C. Green Party leader Andrew Weaver and B.C. New Democratic Party leader John Horgan have reached and agreement the would bring an NDP government "one step closer". "It should happen in public as constitutional convention tells us it should".

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The Greens and NDP have supported a system of proportional representation that accounts for the number of seats each party gets in the legislature based on their percentage of the popular vote.

I suspect many of those B.C. Liberal supporters were complacent in their belief that the woman in the blue hardhat was cruising to victory.

Horgan said that a "four year framework around budgeting and supply" has been agreed upon.

The issue of the pipeline expansion played a "critical" role in the negotiations for a deal and will be reflected in details of the pact Tuesday, Weaver said.

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That would be the united opposition's first opportunity to defeat the government and propose an NDP government supported by the Greens. Elected members from both parties then will attend a 2 p.m. ceremony with Horgan and Weaver at the legislature to pledge their support for the deal.

"This agreement allows us to focus on the things that matter to British Columbians", he said to rousing cheers from members of his caucus.

A minority NDP government propped up by the Greens would have "the narrowest of majorities", said Kathryn Harrison, a political scientist at the University of British Columbia.

"Wow!" he said. "What a race, what a contest, what an election campaign and how excited are we today?"

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BC NDP and Green Party intend to form minority government