NDP and Greens Unite
Prince George, B.C.- NDP leader John Horgan, and Green leader Andrew Weaver have joined forces, meaning they have one more seat than the Christy Clark Liberals.
The two leaders made the announcement public at a joint news conference this afternoon outside the Legislature in Victoria.
The two leaders didn’t want to call this union a “coalition” instead, referring to it as a “minority government”
“This is an historic day for the Green Party” said Green Leader Andrew Weaver. He said there had been several meetings with both the NDP and Liberals, and that there was a “commonality” among all parties, “But at the end of the day, we had a difficult decision to make.” That decision has the Greens uniting with the NDP.
John Horgan, leader of the NDP said the agreement will give them the “Majority of support in the legislature and we will be meeting with the Lieutenant Governor to inform her of that.” Horgan made it clear he expects to form a new government.
The first order of business is to select a speaker, and if so, that would leave a tie in the legislature. Horgan says there is still time to work out who will take that role.
The Green party caucus has already ratified the agreement ( which will be made public tomorrow) and the NDP Caucus is expected to ratify the agreement tomorrow. Horgan says he is “Confident there will be unanimous support from our team”.
Weaver says he wants a stable government, and is not looking to force another election any time soon.
A recent survey indicated a majority of British Columbians polled wanted the NDP and Greens to work together. (see previous story)
Once the final count was completed, the Liberals had 43 seats, the New Democrats 41 and the Greens 3.