Clark Won’t Back Down- Will Let Legislature Have Say
Prince George, B.C.- Premier Christy Clark says she will let the legislature decide on the future of the government.
She says after reviewing the constitution, and precedent she says she will resume the legislature sooner rather than later, and let those in the legislature make the decision on a test of confidence . She fully expects her team will not pass that test. “We have a duty to meet the House and test its confidence. Constitutional convention tells us that and I intend to do that in very short order, certainly before the end, closer to the beginning of the month of June.”
“We all know that Mr. Horgan and Mr. Weaver have made an agreement. They have announced a significant deal and what’s most important is this basic principle, if there is going to be a transfer of power in this province, and it certainly seems like it will be, it shouldn’t be done behind closed doors, it should happen in public as constitutional convention tells us it should. It should happen in the people’s House, with 87 members elected by British Columbians to our Legislature making that decision. and as I said, that’s what constitutional convention requires us to do.”
She says she would not ask the Lieutenant Governor to call a new election and “is more than ready and willing ” to take on the role of Leader of the Opposition.
Clark says the one thing that all involved in the process have “one thing in our heart and that is truly the best interest of British Columbians.” She says it means everyone must work together to provide stability in B.C. “And I don’t mean just politicians working together, I mean working together as British Columbians, recognizing that we must make sure that rural and urban, that multi-ethnic communities that people from all walks of life have the opportunity to work together.”
The Premier’s comments come just moments before the New Democrat and Green caucuses will hold a media event to pledge their support for each other in order to form government. That event follows the ratification of the agreement by the NDP caucus. The Greens ratified the deal yesterday.