"It's very fragile:" Green negotiating team opens up on deal with NDP

Horgan told his caucus Tuesday the split votes between the BC Liberals and the NDP during the election is a message to all parties to work together.

The Greens pressured the soon-to-be government on the exact terms of their commitment to send the project for review, Weaver said.

Instead, the accord signed by all 41 New Democrat and three Green MLAs Tuesday merely promises a referendum in conjunction with the November 2018 civic elections. "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.

Coming out of the Liberal huddle, Penticton MLA Dan Ashton wouldn't speculate on how the NDP-Green agreement would affect governance of the province.

With no party holding a clear balance of power, the question becomes who the Green Party will throw its support behind. That would be the united opposition's first opportunity to defeat the government and propose an NDP government supported by the Greens.

"This agreement sets out a new relationship between the two parties, founded on the principle of "good faith and no surprises", the covenant states.

The B.C. NDP and Green agreement lays out several initiatives "identified as a condition of support" by the Greens.

"This is a new era for politics in BC - one where British Columbians are truly the winners", Weaver of the Greens said in a media release.


During the election campaign the Greens vowed to stop the Site C project outright while the NDP committed to send the project for independent review by the B.C. Utilities Commission, a body created to regulate BC Hydro and electricity rates.

Ms Clark said she is unlikely to survive a confidence vote, but will not resign pre-emptively.

"We have a duty to meet the house and to test its confidence".

"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. "Constitutional conventions tells us that and I intend to do that in very short order", she said.

"We all know that Mr. Horgan and Mr. Weaver have made an agreement, they've announced a significant deal".

Palmer says he expects Clark will call the legislature back quite quickly, to allow government to fall in the legislature.

"You don't decide the government on the steps of a hotel, you decide it in the legislature", said Ashton, adding that when the legislature is recalled they will see how the NDP and Green plan to proceed.

If this is the case, the Greens and the NDP will likely go on to govern B.C. with a combined total of 44 seats - the slimmest possible majority.


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