NDP prepares for chance at governing

By	The Canadian Press

The agreement would allow the second place NDP to form a minority government with the support of the Green party.

Some of the key elements of a deal between the NDP and Green party on a minority government in British Columbia are listed below.

"Wow, what a race, what a contest, what an election campaign, and how excited are we today?"

The alliance may be setting the stage for a leadership battle in the province between Horgan, a feisty 57-year-old former pulp-mill worker, and B.C. Premier Christy Clark, 51.

The deal gives the NDP, which won 41 seats in the May 9 election, the support of all three Green Party MLAs, securing the two parties the support of 44 MLAs in the in the 87-seat legislature required to form a government.

He was on his way to an NDP caucus meeting meant to ratify the agreement.

Although Clark appeared resigned to the outcome of a confidence motion, she said she is not ready to walk away from office before recalling the legislature to see if she can get support to continue governing.

This chain of events has created a minority government for the first time since 1952. Weaver said that although he saw commonalities with the Liberals, he felt that that the Green's values were more in line with the NDP.

On the Kinder Morgan pipeline, the agreement calls on an NDP government to "immediately employ every tool available" to stop the project.

The three Green Party MLAs already signed the deal, according to Green leader Andrew Weaver.

That project has been approved by both the B.C. and federal governments, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reaffirmed Monday that it is a matter of federal jurisdiction.

"We will hope, should they become the leading party, they will be privy to studying all the facts associated with the engineering, and the need and the traffic congestion, and, most importantly, the limited life the tunnel has left", Harvie said.

More on the environment, they will also increase the carbon tax by $5 per tonne per year, starting in April 2018.

The economic importance of the forestry and pulp and paper industries to British Columbia will make it hard, if not impossible, for either the BC Liberals or New Democrats to adopt any Green Party policy that might limit production in the interests of sustainability and climate-change mitigation.

Changes of government in Canada are often quick, dramatic affairs: Years of rule crashing down in a few hours, a contrite loser accepting democracy at one rally, an exuberant victor heralding the dawn of a new political era at another.

Masse was the party's policy chair during the campaign.

She said she plans to bring the house back in June and made the decision to test the will of the legislature after consulting constitutional experts.

After the final election count, the BC Liberals and BC NDP were separated by just under 1,600 votes in the popular vote.

After the election, her party attempted to negotiated with the BC Green Party, which held the balance of power in the legislature. "And to her credit, she's a fighter, she's often a victor, and she's a good politician".

The Canadian environmental movement's base has always been in British Columbia, whose residents, like Californians, have a higher-than-usual interest in environmental issues.

"We believe they're unfair", said Horgan, adding that his government will work with the region's mayors to improve transit. But she represents part of British Columbia in Parliament because the electoral district was seen as the most likely in the country to elect a Green candidate.

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