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BC NDP and Greens to push legal challenge of Trans Mountain pipeline

Nellie Chapman | 03 June, 2017, 02:14

The Liberal party fell one seat shy of a majority in the house, and support from the BC Greens is unlikely after a deal announced Monday with the NDP.

While Clark agreed she would likely lose a confidence vote in the legislature, the current Premier expressed her duty under constitutional convention to face a vote, and if she lost, said she would resign as premier and remain as leader of the opposition.

Christy Clark says she is ready to accept the fate of a confidence vote in the legislature.

In a statement following news of the Greens throwing their support to the NDP, Notley said she would work with a B.C. government led by the NDPs' Horgan, but she repeated her view that the federal government holds ultimate authority over pipeline projects such as Trans Mountain.

The four-year agreement to oust the reigning Liberals in favour of an NDP minority government is expected to clear the way for the left-of-centre alliance to hold power in late June.

What we got were platitudes from Clark about the message from voters being about cooperation, ill-advised bluster from B.C. Green Party leader Andrew Weaver about forcing a change to the voting system without a referendum, and hollow rhetoric from NDP leader John Horgan that nearly 60 per cent of voters rejected the B.C. Liberals.

If Lt. -Gov. Judith Guichon decides to invite B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan to form the new government, the agreement would continue until the next election.

And while the Greens are a small party with limited resources that don't want another election anytime soon, what about the NDP?

But Vancouver North MP Jonathan Wilkinson, who also works as the parliamentary secretary to the minister of the environment and climate change, said pipeline projects aren't a black and white, British Columbia versus Alberta issue.

New Democrats and Greens have adopted an agreement to govern B.C. for the next four years.

She said she will not ask the lieutenant-governor to send voters back to the polls and will stay on as leader of the opposition if the Liberals are no longer the governing party. "We'll look at all the options that the mayors want to put forward". The NDP have 41 and the Green Party have 3 - that's 44.

- Make housing more affordable by taking action to deal with the speculation and fraud that the NDP and Greens say is driving up prices.

There will also be a ban on corporate and union donations, as well as contributions from non residents.

The parties said Tuesday they would use "every tool available" to stop the expansion of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline, and would refer the Site C hydroelectric dam to the B.C. Utilities Commission to determine its economic viability.

Norman Ruff, a longtime observer of B.C. politics, described the NDP-Green plan as ambitious and evidence of their political will to join in ousting the Liberals from office.

"We do not support the issue of tolls", said Weaver, "but [the confidence agreement] is much bigger than just tolls". Mr. Horgan is supportive of the B.C. natural gas industry and LNG projects in general, Mr. Ward said.

"We are optimistic that the value of our communities, our people and the work that we do will be understood and appreciated by our government and that informed and collaborative conversations will take place", she said.