The BC Government, under the leadership of Christy Clark of the BC Liberals, has just lost a confidence vote. The current government has been toppled.
The final vote on the amendment made by John Horgan, NDP, was 44 in favour and 42 against. Christy Clark is now obliged to go to speak with the Lieutenant Governor, Judith Guichon. Behind closed doors, the two will consult. The options are to hand the leadership of the government of B.C. over to John Horgan, or to call an election.
According to some constitutional experts, the LG as a figure-head-only cannot act without the explicit direction of the Premier. If the Premier fails to provide that direction, that is considered an abdication of responsibilities.
Christy Clark indicated yesterday in a press conference that she will not direct the LG, but that she will answer questions if asked. And, she added that, if asked, she would provide the LG with the feedback that she does not think the other party can lead. This would allow for an election to be called, without the now-former premier being on the hook for having called it.
The consultation between the premier and the LG will happen behind closed doors.
The LG will then emerge and make an announcement. That can happen either this evening or tomorrow morning.
Speaker Steve Thomson has resigned. If a snap election is not called, the first bit of house keeping the new government will have to do is to appoint a new speaker. If the new speaker comes from the NDP, then the government will be deadlocked at 43 NDP/Greens and 43 Liberals.
— Richard Zussman (@richardzussman) June 30, 2017
— CBC British Columbia (@cbcnewsbc) June 28, 2017
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