With agreement signed, Horgan and Weaver gear up to govern

The $7.4 billion (Canadian) project would almost triple Trans Mountain's capacity, which will allow Canada to start exporting oil to Asia, but is vehemently opposed by many in B.C. because of fears of an oil spill.

Horgan told his caucus Tuesday the split votes between the BC Liberals and the NDP during the election is a message to all parties to work together. "It is not intended the lay out the full program of a New Democrat government, nor is it meant to presume B.C. Green support for initiatives not found within this agreement". "It's vitally important that British Columbians see the specific details of the agreement announced today by the BC NDP and Green Party leaders, which could have far-reaching consequences for our province's future". They won. Christy Clark is still premier, until the B.C. Liberal government is defeated in a confidence vote in the legislature, or she decides to resign as party leader.

Lt. -Gov. Judith Guichon could then ask NDP leader John Horgan to form a government.

Holding the balance of power, three Green Party MLAs have agreed to support the legislature's 41 NDP MLAs and help take down the minority Liberal government at the first possible chance.

"It was a hard decision for the B.C. Green caucus to determine who to ultimately support in forming government".

One is on electoral reform.

The plan is to ban union, corporate and non-B.C. resident donations as well as limit individual donations.

"That's what I've been doing for the last eight years, and to be able to be part of a governing minority government is going to enable me to be even more forceful in trying to put forward the interests of the people in the North - and (North Coast NDP MLA) Jennifer Rice as well".

- The fixed election date would be moved from May to a date in the fall, starting in 2021.

Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. fell 4.5 per cent in its trading debut, a day after two political parties in British Columbia that oppose the company's pipeline expansion joined forces in a bid to topple the province's more energy-friendly Liberal government.

- Set up an arm's-length commission that will be tasked with "establishing a pathway" to a minimum wage of at least $15 per hour and overseeing regular rate reviews.

Eliminating medicare premiums over the next four years, with a review on how that will be paid for and whether that includes rolling it into income tax.

Also to be established is an Innovation Commission that will "support innovation and business development in the technology sector".

These include the development of a "proposal to implement an essential drugs program, created to reduce the costs of prescription drugs and ensure the cost of drugs is not a barrier to health management".

- Appoint a minister of mental health and addictions to develop and implement a mental-health and addiction strategy and a youth mental-health strategy.

- Invest in childcare and early childhood education to improve quality, expand spaces, increase affordability and ensure childcare is accessible for all families, with a focus on early childhood education. "This is a new era for politics in BC - one where British Columbians are truly the winners".

"If there's going to be a change in power, it should happen in the people's House".

As for Horgan consulting with the other mayors, Bateman said, "I'm not sure why they are taking the words of the mayor of Vancouver or New Westminster or Port Coquitlam over the word of the mayor of Delta".

  • Joey Payne