By: Liz Galenzoski
January 14, 2018
Series 2 of 3
May 9, 2017, Election day produced some surprises. The results between the Liberals and the NDP were close – only two two seats separating the two main parties. The final count was Liberals 43, NDP 41, and the Green Party 3. Christy Clark had been denied a majority; John Horgan had not won the election. One can only imagine the delight of Andrew Weaver holding the balance of power with THREE seats!
The voters who were opposed to the Site C going ahead were on the edge of their seats as they awaited the long drawn-out back-and-forth between the two main parties.
On June 8th, all members were sworn in as MLAs, and the voters waited again. Finally, on June 22, the Liberals delivered the Speech from the Throne. After all, they had won the most seats, and but for the three Greens, the Liberals would have form government again. Because of three seats in an eighty-seven seat legislature, the only real winner was the Green Party with more power than either of the two mainline parties. On June 29, the Liberals lost a non-confidence vote in the house, and on June 30, fifty-two days after the election, Lieutenant-Governor Judith Guichon, invited John Horgan to form government.
John Horgan went to work.
August 2, Michelle Mungall announced the NDP was keeping its promise to send the Site C project to the BCUC (BC Utilities Commission) for review. The review would begin on August 9, and the object of the review was, “… to ensure we can keep hydro rates affordable … ” And Mungall is quoted as saying, “We’re sending this project to the BCUC to ensure we make the right decision for B.C. families.”
Was that Christy Clark speaking??? Continue reading