BC throne speech marks beginning of the end for Liberal minority government

Postado Junho 23, 2017

The Liberal government has a minority of 43 seats in the 87-seat legislature, and it's expected to be defeated in a confidence vote by the NDP-Green alliance.

However, even Routley admits the timelime for how they arrived at this point has been far from conventional and who knows what to expect.

We have a new speaker in the BC legislature with Kelowna-Mission MLA Steve Thomson taking over the role.

If that happens, there's a good chance the NDP or Greens would appoint their own Speaker.

"That's my biggest relief that people now will see that their votes really do matter and that they can make a difference by making demands on parties and governments and that it's worthwhile".

Thomson was the only MLA to put their name forward and hence was chosen by acclimation.

NDP Leader John Horgan also praised the move. That prompted laughter and applause from the other MLAs.

What is the strategy of the B.C. Liberals as they begin their likely death march towards a no confidence vote this week?

Later today, starting at 2:15 p.m., Guichon will present the Liberal government's throne speech. But the Liberals insist they learned the lessons of their disappointing election result and are simply responding to what voters told them.

Thomson takes over from Liberal Linda Reid, who was in the role from 2013 until 2017, and the reactions were all positive on Thursday morning. The amendment would pass with a vote of 44-42, and the government would fall.

Premier Christy Clark says the money would create 60,000 childcare spots in addition to the 13,000 already promised in the last budget.

In the past six weeks, the NDP and Greens signed an agreement and could be in a position to form government if Clark can't obtain the confidence of the legislature.

When asked if she was prepared to promise the same child care investment if there's a new election in the next several years, she replied, "or sooner, if the Lieutenant Governor decides to thrust us into an election sooner".