May 30, 2017

BC NDP-Green agreement puts energy projects in jeopardy, but will Clark go quietly?

Christopher WilsonRebel Commentator

Well BC, it happened. The progressive forces were too strong, and the hate for Christy Clark too great to prevent what some saw as an inevitable deal between John Horgan’s BC NDP and Andrew Weaver’s BC Greens. 

The deal was announced yesterday afternoon after a couple of weeks waiting for the final recount, which changed nothing, and negotiations between the Green Party and the NDP.

Watch as I show you why their razor thin majority will be tenuous and may not last, and why the nomination of a speaker will present challenges too.

All of this has further reaching implications for the province, the country, and especially for our friends in Alberta.

The main areas of agreement between the NDP and Greens are not just in their opposition to Christy Clark, but mostly the big energy projects in this province.

Both are against the Site C dam, both are for the most part against an LNG industry, and both oppose the Transmountain Pipeline which is key to the Alberta oil sands getting more product to market.

Stay tuned in the following days to see how the BC Liberals and Christy Clark respond.

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commented 2017-05-31 15:02:48 -0400
Also agree that an election would only make things worse for BC. We would likely see former Green vote solidify an NDP majority. Not good.
commented 2017-05-31 15:01:12 -0400
I think the Green will regret attaching their wagon to the disastrous NDP. Why did the Green’s sell out so cheaply?

Clark should indeed make a very Green friendly throne speech. And dare Weaver to bring the government down. The public will then see how implacable he really is.

I agree, Clark should step down and put in a new BC Liberal leader asap.

(FWIW, I am no fan of the BC Liberals, my vote is nothing but ANYTHING BUT THE NDP action)
commented 2017-05-31 07:02:51 -0400
The problem with an bloated government worker sector is if they are too big they don’t care which party is in office because they have the power to vote them in or out and who’s ever in better cater to their demands regardless of what’s good for the mainstream people of the province… Government workers are an oxymoron and should become a thing of the past.
commented 2017-05-31 01:04:05 -0400
“Trudeau still supports TransMountain”
Andrew, mute point. He knows FN’s will never let it happen. Easy for him to say he is for it when he knows it will never happen.
commented 2017-05-31 00:51:10 -0400
Andrew Stephenson they ran as something else, that is fraud. And Justin flip flops on lots of things. Once he gets orders from his boss , he will change his mind. Now tell me why you always forget to mention Venezuela?
commented 2017-05-30 21:32:32 -0400
“ron joseph commented 1 hour ago
I quote PM Harper who said that an election is much like a race; there is only one winner. The person that came 2nd and the person that came 3rd cannot get together and say that between both of us we beat the person that came 1st. "

Actually, in the Parliamentary system, they can. Whoever controls the Legislature, controls government, and an NDP-Green coalition does just that.

“Billy Howard commented 1 hour ago
If Clark can put the interest of British Columbians ahead of her ego, then this should happen:

Call a leadership convention for just after the opening date of the legislature
If the NDP/Greens dare to vote “non-confidence”, then the new Liberal leader will be fighting the election. "

A non-confidence vote is inevitable, Clark who has the most seats will be asked first if she can form a government with the confidence of the house, and when that fails, it’s not an automatic election – the AG has the discretion to ask the Opposition if they can gain confidence of the House – which, with the NDP+Green coalition… they can, making Horgan premier. No election needs to take place, and it would be a waste of time to drop the writ again bare days after the previous election was cleared up.
commented 2017-05-30 20:39:12 -0400
If Clark can put the interest of British Columbians ahead of her ego, then this should happen:

Call a leadership convention for just after the opening date of the legislature
If the NDP/Greens dare to vote “non-confidence”, then the new Liberal leader will be fighting the election.
Will Horgan want to go up against Kevin Falcon? Dianne Watts? James Moore? Andrew Saxton? Wai Young? Or some other challenger without the Clark baggage? Probably not for awhile, and BC will continue to be run by a centre-right government thus saving us from NDP destruction (see Alberta).
commented 2017-05-30 20:25:12 -0400
I quote PM Harper who said that an election is much like a race; there is only one winner. The person that came 2nd and the person that came 3rd cannot get together and say that between both of us we beat the person that came 1st.
commented 2017-05-30 19:59:28 -0400
Like I posted under Ms. Gunn-Reid’s article.

Only addition is I agree with Mr. Wilson. Christy Clarke is cagey, time is on her side, and she could pull the 2008 trick of Stephen Harper. He noted that the 2008 agreement was informal because it did not create a coalition, so chose to wait it out.

My bet is a new BC election in 2018.
commented 2017-05-30 19:56:36 -0400
Trudeau still supports TransMountain but gee, the Rebel forgot to mention that. I wonder why that might be. Entirely coincidental, I am sure.
commented 2017-05-30 19:49:37 -0400
I guess Canadians will have to starve and suffer more before they stop their destructive leftism.
commented 2017-05-30 19:29:33 -0400
Excellent reporting and analysis of a horrific situation.
commented 2017-05-30 19:06:47 -0400
Corrupt politicians are ruining this country. The people need to take it back and thwart the governments in whatever way they can. They want us begging for jobs and food.
commented 2017-05-30 18:59:55 -0400
I see the left coasters have for gotten Glen CLARKE THE FARY MAN .
commented 2017-05-30 18:57:50 -0400
Only in Canadian politics can you have the two losers team up together and become the one winner..
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