Yesterday afternoon the BC NDP and BC Greens released the details of their backroom deal that will see them attempt to govern BC once Christy Clark loses a confidence vote in the legislature.
If you’re wondering how this will work out logistically, check out my previous video where I break down some of the most likely possibilities.
Their first big ticket item is for BC to have yet another referendum on electoral reform in the fall of 2018 concurrent with the next municipal election.
It will be a referendum on proportional representation with the ballot question still to be determined. The particular form of proportional representation will be decided after what they call, “consultations” with British Columbians.
This big ticket item is for the Green Party who would, for instance, see a dramatic increase with 16.8% of the popular vote, from 3 to 14 or 15 seats if the last election was conducted under straight proportional representation.
Watch as I show you how they plan to ramp up government spending, increase the size of government, increase the carbon tax each and every year, and their plan for a couple of ridiculous government commissions that will likely end up being boondoggles.
There’s one item that can garner broad bi-partisan support, and that’s the creation of a mental health and addiction ministry tasked with addressing the opioid crisis. More people are dying from addiction than at any time in history, even surpassing the numbers at the height of the crack epidemic in the 80’s.
Separating addiction and mental health from the traditional health ministry is a good idea as long as the new ministry doesn’t grow larger than it needs to be, especially since we’re going to see enough increases in the size of government under this arrangement.
But this agreement isn’t a done deal.
Christy Clark may still have a couple of cards up her sleeve and she’s still Premier until she’s defeated and the Lieutenant governor agrees to let this NDP-Green agreement proceed- not a certainty as she could see this as untenable and choose to call a new election instead.
Get ready for a wild ride in the coming months.