BC Liberals won't 'prop up' NDP government with a Speaker: De Jong

  • BC Liberals won't 'prop up' NDP government with a Speaker: De Jong

BC Liberals won't 'prop up' NDP government with a Speaker: De Jong

The NDP and the Greens have a deal that would see the New Democrats form a minority government if the Liberals are defeated in the legislature.

No party won a majority of seats in the 87-member legislature in last month's election.

And he fears the delay by Premier Christy Clark in appointing a cabinet and recalling the legislature could only be the start of procedural delays that could avoid the defeat of the B.C. Liberal government through the summer.

John Horgan and Andrew Weaver had some harsh words for Premier Christy Clark during a news conference in Victoria this morning.

"What I think is emerging - the way I'm reading my tea leaves - is the Liberals are saying it is incumbent upon the government to put forth a speaker". Ms. Miller has said she plans to mount a vigorous defence and has raised almost $80,000 through a crowdfunding campaign to pay her legal costs.

Ms. Miller was at the centre of a mid-campaign gaffe this spring when the BC Liberals were forced to backtrack on her claim that a voter who tried to speak to Ms. Clark at a campaign event was an NDP plant.

Ms. Clark has repeatedly expressed support for Ms. Miller and defended her conduct in the Ontario Liberal government, describing her as "a person of the utmost integrity".

The Liberals are determined to go through the process of reconvening the legislature, naming a speaker, giving a throne speech and having up to six days of debate on that throne speech. "It's a government desperate to hold on to power it has lost", he said. "Good. That Speaker should be in place as a non-partisan for the term of the parliament".

Because, the political party that gives up a member from their voting ranks will lose a critical advantage.

The results of the election on May 9 have created an interesting political dynamic in B.C., one that became more interesting on May 29 when Andrew Weaver, Leader of the BC Green Party, signed an agreement with the NDP to gain power.

Normally, after a government is elected, the first order of business is to secure a Speaker. "So as long as we are in government, we will ensure that there's a Speaker".

"It is entirely not tradition to have a Speaker resign".

"It doesn't seem to me [Clark] has any more fight left in her", Telford said.

But that changed Monday when Clark, who has said she expects to lose the vote of confidence, said the Liberals would volunteer one of their members.

"British Columbians are ready for a new kind of politics where parties work together to make life better for people, we're ready to do that", said Weaver.