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The Council of Canadians welcomes NDP-Green agreement in British Columbia

Green Party leader Andrew Weaver, NDP leader John Horgan

The Council of Canadians welcomes the agreement announced today between the NDP and the Green Party to form a minority government in British Columbia.

The morning after the May 9 provincial election in British Columbia, The Council of Canadians launched this online action alert calling on B.C. Green Party leader Andrew Weaver to cooperate with the B.C. NDP leader John Horgan to stop Liberal Premier Christy Clark’s water-intensive, environmentally-destructive extreme energy projects.

Within hours we had helped to generate more than 1,250 emails to the two leaders.

Those e-mails came from people concerned by Clark’s extreme energy agenda that includes the 890,000 barrel per day Trans Mountain pipeline (that would produce 20 to 26 million tonnes of upstream greenhouse emissions a year), proposed liquefied natural gas projects like the Pacific NorthWest LNG terminal (that would produce 11.8 to 14 million tonnes of emissions a year), and the Site C hydroelectric dam (that would produce 150,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year).

Global News now reports, “Following the announcement, Clark will have to recall the legislature to test the confidence of the house. If the B.C. Greens and NDP defeat the current government in a confidence motion, Clark would need to decide between resigning or asking for a new election. Also of note, the Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon has an option of asking the Green and NDP party leaders to govern without an election.”

That report adds, “Under terms of the agreement, the Greens will support the NDP’s legislative agenda on supply and budget issues, but there are no plans for anyone in Weaver’s caucus to serve in cabinet.”

The details of the agreement will be released tomorrow (Tuesday May 30).

The Council of Canadians is a non-partisan organization that endorses no political party, but rather is committed to building a peoples’ movement capable of holding any government accountable to the public interest.