Monday, May 29, 2017

Julie Ali Flag Julie Ali Interesting situation. It's a good one for all citizens. This means that the NDP and the Greens are forced to work together to hopefully do some real work in BC. I am curious what will happen next. What also does this cooperation between the NDP and the Greens mean for the Alberta NDP folks who refused to support the NDP in BC? I find it rather satisfactory that the self serving stance of the Premier of Alberta is now coming back to bite her in the butt. Good job citizens.

Interesting situation in BC that sees the future of pipelines as uncertain unless of course the Greens and the NDP become the Liberals as the NDP folks became the PCs in Alberta.

The B.C. Green Party has agreed to support the NDP in the legislature, setting up the possibility of 16 years of Liberal rule coming to a dramatic end.
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Basically Alberta lost in this BC election. Ms. Notley and crew put their money on the Christy Clark who was overly confident of winning when the citizens were antsy. Now we have a merger of sorts of the Greens and the NDP folks in BC. What will happen next? Who knows? All I know is that any change in politics is better than the status quo and this change in politics in BC means more problems for pipeline approval.
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http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/alberta-british-columbia-bc-ndp-notley-1.4070297

B.C. Green Party agrees to support NDP in the legislature

Agreement gives NDP the support of 44 of 87 MLAs; Christy Clark holds right to meet legislature as premier

By Justin McElroy, CBC News Posted: May 29, 2017 1:07 PM PT Last Updated: May 29, 2017 5:11 PM PT
Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver, left, and NDP Leader John Horgan shake hands on May 29 after announcing an agreement for the Greens to support the NDP in the B.C. Legislature for the next four years.
Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver, left, and NDP Leader John Horgan shake hands on May 29 after announcing an agreement for the Greens to support the NDP in the B.C. Legislature for the next four years. (Mike McArthur/CBC)
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The B.C. Green Party has agreed to support the NDP in the legislature, setting up the possibility of 16 years of Liberal rule coming to a dramatic end.
NDP Leader John Horgan and Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver made the joint announcement Monday afternoon at the B.C. Legislature, saying they had reached a four-year agreement.
"In the end, we had to make a difficult decision," Weaver told reporters, describing the negotiating sessions his party held with the NDP and B.C. Liberals since election night ended without a definitive result three weeks ago.
"A decision we felt was in the best interest of B.C. today. And that decision was for the B.C. Greens to work with the B.C. NDP to provide a stable minority government over the four-year term of this next session."
They called it a "historic" moment for B.C. Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver and NDP Leader John Horgan agree to work together. #bcpoli

Details of agreement to come  

The deal gives the NDP the support of 44 MLAs — their 41 members plus the three Green MLAs — the minimum number required to have a majority of support in the 87-seat legislature. The Liberals have 43 seats.   
The Greens and NDP said the agreement was a "Confidence and Supply Agreement," meaning a guarantee of support for any budgets or confidence motions. But additional details on what the NDP has agreed to in exchange for the Greens' support won't be released until the NDP caucus approves the deal on Tuesday.
"We're going to put the agreement before our caucus and have it ratified, and make it available to the public at that time," Horgan said.
There were many issues the two parties agreed upon during the campaign, including working to stop the Kinder Morgan pipeline and banning corporate and union donations.
But it's unclear what will happen with those issues they disagreed on, including whether electoral reform needs approval in a referendum or just the legislature, or whether the $8.8-billion Site C hydroelectric dam project should be scrapped or merely sent for review.
"We specifically did not ask for there to be a coalition," Weaver said. "We wanted to maintain a minority situation to show British Columbians that [it] can work."
Horgan said after 12 years as an opposition member, he's "excited by the prospect of working with opposition members to make B.C. better."
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Historic handshake between @jjhorgan and @AJWVictoriaBC. No details on a deal until tomorrow. #bcpoli
 

What comes next?

Under Canada's political system, B.C. Liberal Leader Christy Clark remains premier for the time being. She can now ask Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon for the chance to face the legislature and introduce a throne speech, resign or request to dissolve the legislature and hold another election.
Horgan and Weaver are optimistic Guichon will see their agreement as strong enough to give the NDP the opportunity to form government without an election.
"We have the majority of support in the legislature. We'll be making that known to the lieutenant-governor in the next couple of days, and we'll proceed from there," Horgan said.
Clark didn't take part in the negotiations between her party and the Greens. A short time after Weaver and Horgan made their announcement, she issued a statement saying she would have more to say on Tuesday.
"In recent days, we have made every effort to reach a governing agreement, while standing firm on our core beliefs. It's vitally important that British Columbians see the specific details of the agreement announced today by the BC NDP and Green Party leaders, which could have far-reaching consequences for our province's future," she wrote.
"As the incumbent government, and the party with the most seats in the legislature, we have a responsibility to carefully consider our next steps."
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Hamish Telford, a professor of political science at the University of the Fraser Valley, said Clark still has options but her chances of remaining premier for any length of time are dim.
"Does she throw in the towel now? Does she go to the lieutenant-governor and say, 'It's clear I'm not going to get the confidence of the legislature, I'm out'? I really don't think that's going to be the case," he said.
"All it's going to take is maybe one Green member or one NDP member to be sick and not make the [first budget] vote for [an NDP] government to survive. This is a very precarious situation."
But on Monday evening, it appeared to be a precarious situation firmly in the NDP's favour.
"The premier," Horgan said, "will have some choices to make, without any doubt."
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Interesting situation. It's a good one for all citizens. This means that the NDP and the Greens are forced to work together to hopefully do some real work in BC. I am curious what will happen next.

What also does this cooperation between the NDP and the Greens mean for the Alberta NDP folks who refused to support the NDP in BC? I find it rather satisfactory that the self serving stance of the Premier of Alberta is now coming back to bite her in the butt. Good job citizens.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/alberta-british-columbia-bc-ndp-notley-1.4070297


Rachel Notley warns caucus members not to campaign for B.C. NDP

Alberta premier will not support B.C. counterparts because of Trans Mountain pipeline opposition

The Canadian Press Posted: Apr 13, 2017 2:37 PM MT Last Updated: Apr 13, 2017 6:34 PM MT
B.C. NDP leader John Horgan holds up a jar of bitumen on Jan. 11, 2017 as he tells reporters the risks in approving the Trans Mountain pipeline are too great.
B.C. NDP leader John Horgan holds up a jar of bitumen on Jan. 11, 2017 as he tells reporters the risks in approving the Trans Mountain pipeline are too great. (Richard Zussman/CBC)
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Alberta's NDP premier has a message for anyone in her government who is thinking of going to British Columbia to campaign for the New Democrats in that province's election: Think again.
The B.C. NDP are locked in a tight election campaign and one of the party's key planks is opposition to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion from Alberta through B.C.
It's fairly common for members from different provincial wings of the same party to help in each other's campaigns.
But Premier Rachel Notley says it would be difficult for anybody who works for her government to support candidates that oppose a project so crucial to Alberta's interest.
The B.C. Liberals are seeking re-election after supporting the pipeline, while the B.C. Greens also oppose it.
Critics say the pipeline will mean increased tanker traffic off the West Coast and fear it will lead to further expansion of Alberta's oilsands.
"It's difficult for one to be working for our government and also supporting candidates who would be opposed to the successful construction of the Kinder Morgan pipeline," Notley said Thursday.
"We see that as being critical to our economic prosperity and growth in this province. That is the message that has been delivered and I trust that people will follow it."

Horgan responds

Horgan shrugged off Notley's message while on the campaign trail in Penticton, B.C. Thursday.
He said his team has more than enough staff and volunteers to run his campaign — with or without the help of Notley's caucus.

"Certainly, Ms. Notley is running a government and I'll leave her to make her decisions," said Horgan.
"We've got a fully staffed campaign. We've got resources in every corner of the province. I'm delighted with the team we've got. We're 26 days away from forming the next government of B.C."
Trans Mountain
Kinder Morgan's $6.8-billion, 1,150-kilometre Trans Mountain pipeline will move a mix of oil products from Edmonton to a terminal in Burnaby, B.C. near Vancouver, where it will be exported to markets in Asia. (CBC)
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