NDP Leader Isn’t Ruling Out Coalition with BC Greens
Prince George, B.C. – BC NDP Leader John Horgan weighed in on last night’s election result with reporters today though he wouldn’t say for certain if he and BC Green Leader Andrew Weaver are considering forming a coalition government.
“I spoke with Mr. Weaver last night. We talked about a range of issues – we talked about how we both agree that the BC Liberals have failed British Columbians in a range of areas,” he said.
“We both agree they failed on childcare, they failed on the housing crisis, we agreed they’re not prepared to defend out coast against increasing tanker traffic. We have a range of issues in common but my focus is on the people of B.C. and if others like Mr. Weaver want to join with me I’m happy to do that.”
And before he agrees on anything – he said it will likely have to wait until an estimated 176,000 absentee ballots are counted first.
“Sixty per cent people who cast their ballots yesterday voted for a change. They want a government that’s working for them and I look forward to the 176,000 ballots yet to be counted announced. We’ll know that by May 24.”
Horgan was also asked if he was disappointed that B.C.’s Lieutenant Governor asked Christy Clark to stay on as premier today while the province waits for the final results to be released.
“The majority of MLAs elected are not BC Liberals. We have 176,000 ballots left to count. I believe the decision is hanging in the balance and I can’t wait to see what happens on May 24.”
After yesterday’s preliminary vote count, the BC Liberals have 43 seats, the NDP 41 and the BC Greens 3.