BC Liberals expect to lose power Thursday

by Abel Hampton June 28, 2017, 1:29
BC Liberals expect to lose power Thursday

More likely, Farnworth says he expects the throne speech confidence vote Thursday, which could lead to the defeat of the Liberal government after 16 years in office.

A final decision on bringing in the bill was still in play over the weekend, but government House leader Mike de Jong said in an interview the plan was triggered by comments from the Greens - who have vowed to vote the Liberals down on a confidence motion - indicating they'd be willing to vote in favour of such a bill.

"Since the election, we've listened, we've heard-that was part of our platform, the campaign finance reform", said Davies, adding that his party was shocked when the bill to give the Greens party status was voted down.

The first day of debate in the B.C. legislature under a hung parliament produced the odd spectacle of an NDP government-in-waiting and their Green allies voting down policies they favour.

"The authorities to me suggest at a tie vote, when the bill gets to third reading, the Speaker, unless it is a confidence bill, is bound to vote against third reading", said de Jong.

The earliest confidence vote under legislature rules is now set for Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

Then it was time for a debate on the throne speech.

Weaver said the Greens are committed to the confidence vote, even if it means rejecting Liberal reforms that his party supports.

Something both the NDP and Green Party have pushed for.

According to recent polls, it's what the majority of British Columbians want.

"I'm hoping insofar as Mr. Weaver and his colleagues have said they want to conduct themselves in a principled way, and armed with the knowledge that the confidence vote will take place on schedule, that they would at least see the merit in having the bill tabled and having a chance to review it in detail and provide commentary", said de Jong.

The two opposition parties have agreed to defeat the Liberals and attempt to form a minority NDP government. It is up to that individual to decide if he or she will continue in that job if the government is defeated and opposition parties take over, he said.

The Opposition New Democrats have called for campaign finance reform for more than a decade, and the Green party also supports a ban on donations from unions and corporations.

Horgan said Clark has already delayed calling the legislature for the confidence vote for almost a month, as school districts approach their deadline at the end of June to submit balanced budgets.

The proposed changes would also apply the new rules to local governments.

At the time, de Jong said the NDP proposal would require taxpayers to foot the bill to fund political parties - an argument Premier Christy Clark used repeatedly on the campaign trail in the following months.

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