B.C. Liberal house leader Mike de Jong is sworn in by Lt. Gov. Judith Guichon Monday. (B.C. GOVERNMENT)

B.C. Liberals could stall all summer, Weaver warns

Mike de Jong says NDP-Green deal ‘very much in doubt’

The NDP-Green alliance could govern B.C. starting next week if they were given the opportunity to defeat the B.C. Liberal minority, Green Party leader Andrew Weaver says.

And he fears the delay by Premier Christy Clark in appointing a cabinet and recalling the legislature could only be the start of procedural delays that could avoid the defeat of the B.C. Liberal government through the summer.

Weaver and B.C. Liberal house leader Mike de Jong traded criticisms Thursday, de Jong from outside the Vancouver cabinet offices and Weaver from the B.C. legislature. De Jong scoffed at the suggestion made the previous day by Weaver and NDP leader John Horgan that parliamentary tradition demands the B.C. Liberals appoint a speaker when the legislature convenes June 22, and keep that MLA in the job after they are defeated and the NDP-Green partnership takes power.

“That’s bizarre commentary, and there is absolutely no authority whatsoever for that proposition,” said de Jong, holding up a textbook of parliamentary practice.

Weaver changed his position on the need for a B.C. Liberal speaker on Thursday, arguing that the alliance could function even if it put forward an NDP MLA to preside over the legislature. Standing orders allow the same MLA to serve as chair of committees, allowing the NDP and Greens to pass legislation with a bare majority of 44 seats to 43 and the speaker breaking tie votes, he said.

De Jong and Premier Christy Clark have said they have sworn in a 22-member cabinet and are preparing a throne speech for June 22 to “test the confidence” of the legislature. A vote of confidence on that throne speech could take place as early as June 29, but Weaver says the B.C. Liberals could use other tactics, including introducing legislation and forcing debate on that to avoid the throne speech vote.

They could play these games, drag the session out, put up legislation and drag it out all summer,” Weaver said.

Just Posted

Bear spotted in Qualicum Beach

Full-grown bear spotted in complex at Berwick and Rupert roads

Canadians on epic journey arrive in Nanoose

Snaw-Naw-As First Nation welcomes participants of Canada C3 voyage

Kwalikum Secondary student back from year in Netherlands

Don’t pass up opportunity to travel with Qualicum Beach Rotary’s help, says Taylor Hunter

Resident slam loud dynamite blasting at Cedar Ridge Estate development

Sleigh feels insulted by Mayor Lefebrve who failed to understand their suffering

RDN creates new service to fund INfilm

Regional district to enter three year agreement with film commision for annual funding of $50,000

VIDEO: Sears liquidation sales continue across B.C.

Sales are expected to continue into the New Year

B.C. NDP convention set for Victoria

Premier, federal leader Jagmeet Singh to add energy

Silver Creek farm search expands north

RCMP were seen collecting evidence three kilometres north of the farm where human remains were found

Qualicum Beach residents discuss long-term vision for community wellness

Three more meetings on topic scheduled for Oct. 24 and 25

VIDEO: Motorcycle catches fire in Nanaimo traffic

Motorcyclist takes fast action to get burning bike off the road along the old Island Highway

Open house features both sides of the issues on Bowser sewage project

New association opposing marine outfall use event to also express their concerns

Nanaimo man assaulted, tied up and robbed at his home

Incident occurred about 7 a.m. Monday, Oct. 23 at a home on Beverly Drive

Parksville draft park plan goes before public

People invited to open house Oct. 28 at Parksville Community and Conference Centre

Most Read