VICTORIA, B.C. – After history was made on May 9 during the election, more history was made on Thursday night in B.C. politics.
First, Christy Clark and the BC Liberals lost a confidence motion in the house. The BC NDP and BC Greens agreed to form a minority government and voted Clark and her government out with a vote of 44-42. The non-confidence motion was tabled by BC NDP Leader John Horgan, and seconded by BC Green member Sonia Furstenau.
Clark then left the legislature in Victoria and headed to Government House to meet with Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon, where she resigned. The meeting was close to one hour. Upon leaving, Clark said it was up to the Lt.-Gov to make her decision.
Not long after, BC NDP Leader John Horgan was summoned to the Government House to meet with Guichon. He emerged as the Premier-elect for British Columbia.
Horgan issued the following statement:
“Today, British Columbia got a new government that will work every single day to make life better for people.
“British Columbians work hard to build a better life for themselves and their families. But for years, life in B.C. has been getting harder and more expensive. That’s about to change.
“There’s a lot of work to do to fix the problems British Columbians are facing. And we’re ready to get started.
“It’s time for new leadership that makes life more affordable for people.
“It’s time to shorten health care wait times and invest in better schools for our kids.
“It’s time to build a sustainable economy with good-paying, stable jobs in every corner of this province.
“It’s time to build a better B.C., together.”
BC Green Party Leader, Andrew Weaver, who will help form a BC NDP/BC Green minority government, issued a statement as well.
“After seven long weeks, I am delighted that British Columbians will finally have a new government,” Weaver said. “When we launched our election campaign, we promised to do politics differently. Our Confidence and Supply Agreement lays the groundwork for a new kind of collaborative, productive parliament.
“The B.C. Green caucus will provide stability for this new minority government by supporting confidence and supply measures. We have also agreed to collaborate on a wide range of policies that are supported by a majority of British Columbians. As an opposition caucus, we will collaborate with our colleagues on both sides of the house to advance good public policy that will put the interests of British Columbians first, as well as hold the government to account for their decisions and actions.
“On May 9, British Columbians sent us a strong signal that they want us to work together – no party was given a majority of seats and 100% of the power. I am encouraged that the leaders of both other parties have acknowledged this.”
Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon issued a statement accepting Clark’s resignation and said she felt assured of Horgan’s word to form government.
“As Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, and as the representative of Her Majesty the Queen of Canada, I have met with Premier Clark and will accept her resignation. I have asked Mr. Horgan to form a government, he having assured me that he can form a government which will have the confidence of the Legislative Assembly.”
Christy Clark met with the media afterwards, saying that she did ask for dissolution after the Lt. Gov asked her for advice, something Clark had originally stated she wouldn’t do. Guichon in the end did not grant her request. Clark added that she wished Horgan and Weaver the very best.