Christy Clark to test the house, NDP minority government expected

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Other highlights from the NDP-Green agreement include: increasing the carbon tax; establishing a "fair wages commission" that will work towards a $15/hour minimum wage and oversee regular rate reviews; referring the Site C dam project to the B.C. Utilities Commission to see if it's economically viable; designing and implementing a provincewide poverty reduction strategy; and eliminating MSP premiums.

Explaining why the Greens chose to support the NDP over the Liberals, Weaver said it ultimately came down to climate leadership.

Notley said she doesn't believe it makes much difference who is running B.C., because the federal government has already approved the project, so it can not be vetoed.

The B.C. Liberals are fighting back against the NDP and Greens.

After members of both the Green and NDP parties signed a detailed agreement on May 30 outlining policy issues, the recently re-elected Liberal MLA Barnett says her commitment won't change to the constituents in the Cariboo-Chilcotin she has served for eight years (since 2008). "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, and I'm more than ready and willing to take that job on".

"As the incumbent government, and the party with the most seats in the legislature, we have a responsibility to carefully consider our next steps", Clark said.

Judith Guichon to either call on NDP leader John Horgan to try and form a new government, one with the confidence of a majority of MLAs in the B.C. Legislature, or call another election. "That would be my only request".

"We will continue to advocate on behalf of all Albertans, and quite frankly all Canadians economic interest, to get that pipeline done".

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The NDP and Green caucuses have ratified a four-year supply and confidence agreement in which the Greens will support the NDP on key votes. "First of all, it is up to the premier to do what she wants to do at this point", she said. "So then the Lieutenant Governor can decide whether to approach John Horgan or call an election".

"We've heard this before".

A federal government source says the general feeling is still that the B.C. government can't stop the project, but there is nervousness there.

"For those British Columbians who've been waiting for 16 years to have access to government without writing a cheque. help is on the way".

But he said the Liberals, who fell one seat short of a majority, learned a valuable lesson from this past election-that they need to rebuild trust in some parts of the province.

Asked if the one-seat majority the NDP and Greens combined have will make passing legislation hard in the coming session, Letnick simply answered "yes".

The parties also revealed plans to hold a referendum on proportional representation during the next municipal election in fall 2018. They are doing so now with three seats, but their percentage of the popular vote would give them 14 seats under a revamped electoral formula, a number that would give them far more clout.

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