BC Government will resume parliament on June 22, 2017. Shortly thereafter, BC will either have a decided leader or (highly unlikely) another election.
“Today, on behalf of Premier Christy Clark, I informed the Office of the Speaker that the legislature will be recalled on Thursday, June 22, 2017,” said Government House Leader Michael de Jong in a statement released today. “The first order of business in this new parliament will be the election of a speaker. After which, and in the aftermath of a very close election, the government will seek to determine if it continues to enjoy the confidence of the house.”
Andrew Weaver, Leader of the B.C. Green Party responded to the announcement.
“I’m glad that the Premier has finally decided to recall the legislature,” Weaver said. “In the weeks since the election, it has been encouraging to see all three parties agree that British Columbians want us to work together. The B.C. Green Caucus looks forward to meeting our colleagues from both other parties in the House so that we can get to work delivering good public policy that will make a difference in the lives of British Columbians.”
This follows on the heels of an incredibly close provincial election on May 9, 2017. While the BC Liberals under Christy Clark managed to obtain the largest seats per party with 43 in total, they did not obtain the majority of the seats. Of the 87 seats available, a voting majority would require 44 seats. After absentee ballots and recounts were concluded, the results were:
- Liberals: 43 seats
- NDP: 41 seats
- Greens: 3 seats
Since then, the Greens led by Andrew Weaver and NDP lead by John Horgan struck an agreement to work together. Through that agreement, NDP’s John Horgan is poised to become the new Premier if the current government fails a confidence vote.
As subtly referenced by de Jong, the first hurdle will be the election of the House Speaker. If that speaker comes from the NDP or Green party, then the NDP/Greens collaboration will have 43 voting seats as will the Liberals. In the case of a tied vote, the Speaker casts the tie breaker.
Once the speaker has been appointed, then the Lieutenant Government will give her Throne Speech (typically prepared by the party in power), which is then put to a confidence vote. If the confidence vote fails, the Lieutenant Government can call for another election or appoint the government to the NDP.
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