BC Premier Christy Clark not ready to resign

31 May 2017, 05:05 | Isaac Mcdaniel

NDP and Greens announce plans to form government Christy Clark will be replaced says MLA-elect Beare Neil Corbett Mon May 29th 2017 5:00pmNews

NDP and Greens announce plans to form government		Christy Clark will be replaced says MLA-elect Beare
	Neil Corbett Mon May 29th 2017 5:00pmNews

"It was a hard decision for the B.C. Green caucus to determine who to ultimately support in forming government".

- Legislation would be introduced in the first sitting of the legislature to ban corporate and union donations and contributions from non-residents of British Columbia to the province's political parties, as well as placing limits on individual contributions and conduct a review of campaign finance and the Elections Act. "The goal is to have a very clear question after an extensive consultative process that John and I and our various teams campaign on as opposed to against".

In fact, the entire Green-NDP deal covers areas where the two were largely on the same page anyway.

"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. We had very constructive negotiations with both parties, and we are grateful for the seriousness with which the B.C. Liberals approached our negotiations.

He said as other issues come up, he will lobby for them in Victoria.

In a news conference before a copy of the agreement was released, B.C. Liberal Premier Christy Clark announced that she will not resign.

But the local MLA, now B.C.'s Minister of Agriculture, said no matter what happens, he would not stop working for residents of his constituency.

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Ms Clark said she would not request another election so soon after May's election, but that it is in the hands of BC Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon.

The announcement comes a day after the BC NDP and the BC Green Party declared they intend to work together and form a minority government.

"We have a duty to meet the house and test its confidence", Clark told reporters in downtown Vancouver on Tuesday, adding that she believes it is "likely" the Liberals would fail.

The Liberals won the most seats, but were unable to persuade the Green party to back them in a minority government.

Cariboo-Chilcotin incumbent Donna Barnett, who has served as the Minister of State for Rural Economic Development under Clark for the past two years, told the Tribune Monday she had "no comment" while Cariboo North incumbent Coralee Oakes who served as the province's Minister of Small Business, did not return calls for comment.

The NDP-Green agreement includes a plan to hold a referendum on voting reform during the next municipal election, in fall 2018, following what they promise will be a comprehensive public consultation. However, with only 44 seats (with Green support), and the necessity of appointing a speaker and a committee of the whole chair, the NDP would have 42 seats to the Liberals' 43.



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