Just after 5:00 p.m. on June 29, 2017—and after 16 years of rule—the BC Liberals have lost the confidence of Parliament.
Shortly after, Christy Clark went to meet with the Lieutenant Governor, Judith Guichon, to advise her what should unfold next, be it an election or giving the NDP/Green party an opportunity to rule. That meeting started at around 6:15 p.m.
After a long meeting with the Lieutenant Governor, Judith Guichon, Christy Clark emerged from the meeting just before 7:30, where Clark announced that the LG has “retired to make her decision.”
Clark appeared to not know the final decision of the LG herself, and suggested that she too will be waiting for the LG to make her announcement.
This is unfolding seven weeks after a May 9 election, where the Liberals won 43 seats, the NDP won 41, and the Greens won 3 seats. Shortly after the election, the NDP and Green parties signed an agreement, giving them a united first-past-the-post majority with 44 seats. Since then, all of BC has been waiting for a decisive outcome, which had to be initiated by Christy Clark. She could have admitted defeat and handed parliament over to the NDP.
Instead, she selected a cabinet who was sworn in and went through the motions of having a Throne Speech. In that speech, many of the election platforms from the Greens and NDP were adopted. Clark said that that was a show of true leadership, and that if an election were called that she would campaign on the platform presented in the Throne Speech.
In a vote of confidence on an amendment of the throne speech, the Liberals were toppled.
Speaker Steve Thomson, an elected Liberal, has resigned as the Speaker of the House.
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