Delays and Distractions By Clark- Says Weaver
Prince George, B.C.- The BC Legislature is to resume one week from tomorrow, and the first matter of business is to select a Speaker, but the NDP and Greens accuse Premier Christy Clark of muddying the waters and “making mischief”.
In a news conference in Victoria this morning, Green Party leader Andrew Weaver accuses Clark of instructing the elected Liberal MLAs to not serve as Speaker, a position that must be voted on by all MLAs. Weaver says Clark has instructed her team that if one of them is elected to the post, that they resign “If she has instructed her MLAs that they must submit a piece a paper or resign, then frankly that is constitutional crisis, because that is undercutting the whole essence of what the role of the Speaker is.”
He says it’s time for the Liberals “recognize you’ve been put in a time out, and let us get on with the business of governing”.
Horgan adds “It’s outrageous that they are clinging on to power rather than actually going to the legislature and having a confidence vote quickly.” He says the issue about the Speaker “Has become an issue the Liberals are stretching and stretching and stretching.”
Horgan says it’s time for the Legislature to resume and face the confidence vote that would clear the way for the NDP and Greens to move into power. “The speaker will be elected on the 22nd, and what happens after that we will deal with.”