A professor emeritus of political science at the University of Victoria says even if the Greens and the NDP have more common ground on key issues, if B.C. stays as a minority government, Andrew Weaver will most likely side with the Liberals.
Norman Ruff says it all comes down to pushing through votes at legislature, adding that the Green Party will want to be part of an effective government.
He says it comes down to math, saying it’s easier to get everyone to show up at legislature when you’ve got 46 people versus 44 people if the Greens teamed up with the NDP.
He explains from the side of a Liberal-Green perspective.
“You give one out to the speaker, it makes it 45 to 41. It’s still very narrow, people get sick, or people get caught up and don’t make it and vote, so it’s still very precarious,” says Ruff.
“It means when you take a vote and everyone is in the house, the probability of winning is extremely high.”
Ruff says for the Greens it’s what makes the most sense to get things done.