NDP-Greens in BC would hold referendum on rep-by-pop

03 June, 2017, 02:14 | Author: Elaine Woods

Liberal Premier Christy Clark has said she will recall the provincial legislature in June where she expects a confidence vote will result in the probable defeat of her government.

The BC Green Party has agreed to support the NDP in forming a new government and vowing to put a halt to the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.

Andrew Weaver and John Horgan shake hands after announcing an agreement between the Green Party and NDP on May 29.

But the odds are that barring the unexpected, the first time there is a vote of confidence or a vote of supply (money), Clark's short-lived new government would fall and Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon will call on Horgan to try to form a government.

The BC Greens and BC NDP have taken the next step in their pursuit of power in the B.C. Legislature.

Further complicating Trudeau's support, the NDP-Green partnership agreement says a "foundational piece" of their relationship is support for the adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

On Tuesday, the NDP and Greens formalized their alliance in a four-year agreement that commits to raising minimum wage to at least $15, increasing the province's $30 carbon tax by $5 per tonne annually beginning next April, and launching a review of labour laws.

Under the informal conventions of Canadian parliamentary democracy, Clark remains premier until she has lost the confidence of the legislature.

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"There's many shared values that we have with the B.C NDP", said Weaver, adding that he got into politics in 2013 because couldn't stand to see the "dismantling" of climate leadership and the B.C. economy.

Corporate and union donations would be banned, and limits placed on individual contributions to political parties.

The Greens have pledged support to the NDP, and if both parties vote against the throne speech, the Liberals will lose their hold on power.

Horgan said the BCUC will be tasked to find out why the project was approved under the Liberals, how much it will cost going forward, what impact it will have on Hydro rates and what other alternatives are available.

"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 after the Green-NDP deal was announced.

Both the B.C. NDP and the Greens have promised to do everything they can to stop the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project from breaking ground.

He said a great deal of the work he, Thomson and Clark started is now underway, including the six-laning of Highway 97 between Highway 33 and Sexsmith Road, work on John Hindle Drive, various intersection improvements and improving access to primary health care.

The pipeline project has already earned approval from the National Energy Board, the federal government, and the province of B.C.

Last week Clark said that with 43 Liberal candidates elected as MLAs, and a plurality in the legislature, "we have a responsibility to move forward and form a government". "One-hundred thousand jobs in LNG, $100-billion prosperity fund, $1-trillion increase in GDP, elimination of the PST, debt-free B.C., unicorns in all our backyards", he said.

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