BC Greens agree to back NDP government

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But pipeline opponents - now nearly the government - say that if the pipeline can't be stopped in the courts, it should be stalled into extinction with a variety of tactics.

The BC Liberals failed to clinch a majority when they lost a crucial district to the NDP on 24 May, a fortnight after the 9 May election, after all absentee ballots were tallied.

Horgan said he had an extra spring in his step this morning with news of the deal.

And Green voters aren't alone, with a recent poll showing 51 per cent of British Columbians think the Greens should support the NDP, compared with 38 per cent who wanted the party to back the BC Liberals. It's vitally important that British Columbians see the specific details of the agreement announced today by the BC NDP and Green Party leaders, which could have far-reaching consequences for our province's future.

Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing more than 310,000 workers. "And that decision was for the BC Greens to work with the BC the BC NDP to provide a stable minority government over the four-year term of this next session".

In a statement, Clark said her party has a responsibility to carefully consider its next steps and that she would have more to say Tuesday after consulting her caucus colleagues. "And that was change", Horgan said.

Weaver said the top priority of the Green caucus will be to "collaborate across party lines with both other parties to advance good public policy that puts the people of British Columbia first".

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He emphasized the Greens did not ask for there to be a coalition.

Weaver said he wouldn't release the details of the agreement, but noted that Green candidates campaigned hard against Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline proposal. Weaver and NDP leader John Horgan spent the weekend watching a rugby tournament in Langford.

The tiny Green Party, which holds the balance of power in the Pacific province after a very close election earlier this month, could push the pro-business Liberals out of power after 16 years by forming a majority government with the left-leaning NDP.

Premier Christy Clark said the Liberals have made every effort to reach a governing agreement with the Greens, while standing firm on their core beliefs. Both parties also called for scrapping Medical Services Plan premiums, with the Greens saying they will eliminate premiums and roll them into payroll tax and personal income tax.

A Speaker appointed from the parties would be required to break tie votes in the house, and no MLAs, cabinet ministers or the premier could leave the building for key votes or else government would be at risk of being overwhelmed by a 43-seat Liberal opposition.

At their press conference, both Horgan and Weaver criticized Clark's record on job creation. It will be truly miraculous if the "four-year" agreement trumped by the NDP and Green leaders gets past 18 months. The question that remains is what changes in legislation will the Greens be able to accomplish in exchange for their support - official party status and a commitment to move forward on electoral reform are all but a certainty.

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