NDP, Green agreement to govern BC trumpets rep-by-pop vote system

Marco Green
June 5, 2017

"The NDP and the Greens, we have a deep, deep desire to show British Columbians to see proportional representation and to show that minority governments can work, either through coalitions or agreements like they came to today".

"It's going to be different in there", said Horgan.

Prof. Hamish Telford, who teaches political science at the University of the Fraser Valley, explained that the NDP-Green collaboration was far from a done deal.

All eyes are on Premier Christy Clark after Monday's announcement that British Columbia's New Democrats have reached an agreement with the Green Party to form a minority government, experts say.

"Ultimately, it was our discussions with the NDP.in a couple of the areas it was clear we had closer ties to the NDP", says Sonia Furstenau, the newly-elected Green Party MLA for the riding of Cowichan Valley and deputy leader of the B.C. Green Party.

"We're going to work together on this", said Weaver. "And I am more than ready to take that job on". 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. The Liberals are gathering in Vancouver for a caucus meeting the same day. "I think British Columbians deserve to see those and I think we'll see those in the next little while".

Clark's insistence on introducing a confidence vote in the B.C. Legislature that she knows she will lose is considered to be a waste of time by many.

John Horgan and Andrew Weaver signed the historic accord in the NDP's caucus room at the legislature Tuesday afternoon, with both leaders vowing to prove the viability of minority governments through their caucuses' cooperation. That would be the United opposition's first opportunity to defeat the government and propose an NDP government supported by the Greens.

"Should the government fail the test of confidence in the House, as seems likely, I would be given the job of leader of the Opposition".

"I think proportional representation would be wonderful", said Prest, "and if we can show in the next four years that a minority government can work well, that people can collaborate and agree and move forward on big decisions, I think it can be a really bright future for our province".

"If you listen to Horgan and Weaver talk about their platforms together, it's interesting to hear them pick distinct things that show how similar they are".

The Greens went into negotiations with the other two parties shortly after the May 9 election making three key demands: getting official party status in the legislature, an electoral system based on proportional representation and political fundraising reform.

"John is a real person".

"The ball is really in Christy Clark's court at this point", said Max Cameron, a political scientist at the University of British Columbia. "It should happen in the people's house".

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