Liberal and NDP Leaders Play Waiting Game
Prince George, B.C. – What a difference a recount can make.
A week removed from the closest – and perhaps nastiest – provincial election in B.C. history and BC Premier Christy Clark promised to work collaboratively with the BC NDP and BC Greens in a news conference today.
“People have told us they want us to work collaboratively regardless of who they voted for,” said Clark just moments after a caucus meeting in Vancouver. “We will listen, and you want a government to deliver what matters to you.”
She added she has had discussions with BC Green Leader Andrew Weaver and John Horgan of the NDP though she declined to say much arguing it would be inappropriate to negotiate in the media.
“But I will say they were friendly conversations and discussed how much British Columbians want us all to work together and I think there’s an appetite to do so.”
As for specific policy questions like what may happen to the Kinder Morgan pipeline, Site C and electoral reform she said she “wont’ know the answers to any of those questions until the final results are in” and ended the media availability after less than five minutes.
About an hour later Horgan met the media in Victoria repeating much of what he said election night.
“So, we’re a week in and there’s still no (election) resolution,” he said. “But we do know that 60 per cent of voters voted for change. For an economy that works for everyone.”
He also said he believes the remaining 179,000 absentee ballots will confirm the same electoral outcome.
Horgan seemed doubtful when told of Clark’s promise to work collaboratively with other parties arguing his adversaries had 16 years to do so while in government but didn’t.
He admitted the obvious though – that he has much more in common with BC Green Leader Andrew Weaver than Clark.
“Both parties care about proportional representation, about getting big money out of politics and protecting our coast,” Horgan said. “We’ll have a conversation about those things once the results are complete.”