BC Green Party leader Andrew Weaver says he has formed a negotiating team for “discussions surrounding the terms of support for a potential minority BC NDP or BC Liberal government.”
In a statement, Weaver says his party ran a campaign that puts people first.
“Our team holds this promise at its core as we proceed through these discussions.”
The negotiating team will include Weaver as chief negotiator, Sonia Furstenau, Lis Lilly, and Norman Spector as a consultant to the team.
Spector worked in the Bill Bennett and Brian Mulroney governments.
Meanwhile, Premier Christy Clark held another media availability before Weaver’s announcement.
Clark said the BC Liberals heard their voices and calls for change.
Clark says it is too soon to say if she would want BC to adopt a preferential voting system without a referendum.
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She also dodged questions about changing their stance on the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion project to appease the BC Green Party.
“I don’t know the answer to any of those questions yet, we’re at a unique time in British Columbia’s history, we don’t have the final result of the election yet, so let’s wait until we get the final result of the election and then we’ll have a little more clarity.”
Clark did admit the Liberals have not made any budget changes to accommodate other parties.
Meanwhile, the NDP Leader – who could end up at the helm of the province pending recount and absentee ballot results – also spoke with reporters before the announcement.
John Horgan said he had spoken with both Premier Clark and Weaver, but made clear in-depth discussions are only happening with Weaver’s team.
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He said their common ground is substantial.
“We care about public education; we both care about eroding services for people; we both care about the environment. We have a climate action plan that is similar to theirs; we both support proportional representation; we both support getting big money out of government.”
Horgan said he believes the end result will confirm the MLA seats as they are today, adding this will give voters the change they voted for.
With files from Matt Lee and Liza Yuzda