Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
World Media | By Joan Schultz

Clark can begin by voting for throne speech pledges

Clark can begin by voting for throne speech pledges

De Jong asks Thomson to rule on two procedural points before the vote of non-confidence in the B.C. Liberal throne speech, expected Thursday afternoon, where the government expects to be defeated and replaced by the opposition parties.

NDP Leader John Horgan headed into the B.C. Legislature Monday with a formal motion that could topple the Liberal government.

The election left the governing Liberals with 43 seats in the legislature, while the NDP and Greens have agreed to use their combined 44 seats to force the government to fall.

As new session of the B.C. legislature began Monday, BC Liberal house leader Mike de Jong and Premier Christy Clark said they expect to lose the vote on last week's throne speech, which contained sweeping new promises taken from opposition election platforms. But he insisted his main goal in seeking clarity is to help the 27 new MLAs understand the rules and precedent that govern the legislature during hard times. "It's a lost opportunity and apparently it means the NDP is looking forward to an unstable government under their leadership and they want the campaign financing rules to be the old rules".

Yesterday, bills granting the BC Green Party official party status and a ban on corporate and union donations did not even pass first reading in the House. 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.

Speaking to reporters at the B.C. legislature Wednesday, Weaver said if Clark has directed the other 42 B.C. Liberal MLAs to refuse to serve as speaker for an NDP government, it's an offence against parliamentary tradition.

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So it's no wonder that conservatives like ex-BC Liberal finance minister Kevin Falcon were too shocked to even respond to the throne speech.

NDP house leader Mike Farnworth said he received no notice of the four-page letter, and it appears to be the latest attempt by the B.C. Liberals to avoid losing power to the NDP and Greens. That vote is now expected at the end of the sitting day on Thursday.

"The premier quotes tradition but doesn't follow it", Weaver said.

"I think people understand that politicians meet with people, but they also, I hope, understand that the fact that someone, anyone, has made a donation is in no way determinative of how a government will deal with a particular public policy in any way, shape or form", he said at the time. But I think the NDP would be better at doing that.

In an attempt to stave off defeat, the Liberals delivered a throne speech last week that borrowed heavily from the NDP and Green campaign platforms by promising, among other things, to hike welfare rates, develop a poverty-reduction strategy and tie disability assistance rates to inflation.

Christy Clark has set the bar high in promising less partisan, more collaborative, more compassionate government. This is an effort by this government to hold on to power for as long as they possibly can.

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