UNBC Lecturer Weighs in on B.C.’s Political Situation
Prince George, B.C. – Jason Morris, political science lecturer at the University of Northern British Columbia, has reacted to news Liberal Premier Christy Clark plans to let the legislature decide on the future of the government (see previous story here).
“British Columbians can feel frustrated at all the uncertainty since the election but they can also be thankful for this great opportunity to get insight into the way governments transition in a liberal democracy in a peaceful and straightforward manner,” he tells 250News.
“How it’s going to look as we look ahead will be very challenging for the next premier with such a razor-thin majority of seats in the parliament. Even if one MLA had a death in the family and couldn’t be there, there’s serious procedural challenges to keeping the government alive.”
Morris is referring to the deal ratified by the BC NDP and BC Greens today. Under the agreement, the NDP has agreed to advance several legislative and policy initiatives identified as a condition of support by the Greens including:
- Reforming the electoral system, getting the influence out of politics, and reforming lobbying rules;
- Fast-tracking enhancement of K-12 education funding;
- Eliminating Medical Service Premiums;
- Addressing the opioid crisis;
- Opposing the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion project;
- Sending the Site C dam to an independent review
“When you add that caucuses of the NDP and the smaller BC Greens, despite having some agreement made, will have to deal with the day-to-day issues that come up to govern and somehow keep everything together if they wish to prevent an election from coming soon.”
He adds history tells us that “minority governments don’t last a full term.”
“And the odds would be a maximum of two years in duration. But that also refers to minority government that have stronger number of seats with which to work with.”