BC NDP and Green Party will form minority government

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"I would suggest the sooner the better for this institution".

Opponents also say B.C. should reverse the Liberals' decision to accept the pipeline, after Premier Christy Clark's five conditions were met.

"This is a historic day that our members worked very hard for", said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President.

The NDP and Greens share similar goals and promised during the election campaign to ban union and corporate donations, reject the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion from Alberta to Burnaby, implement a proportional representation voting system, raise welfare rates and create a ministry of mental health and addictions. The Liberals support the pipeline.

In a statement, Clark said her party has a responsibility to carefully consider its next steps and that she would have more to say Tuesday after consulting her caucus colleagues. The Liberals ended up with 43 seats, while the NDP took 41 and the Greens three.

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Their announcement ends weeks of speculation that began after the election left Weaver and two other Green MLAs holding the balance of power, and ramped up significantly after the results were finalized by Elections B.C. last week. Weaver and NDP leader John Horgan spent the weekend watching a rugby tournament in Langford. Unlike in federal politics and the majority of Canada's provinces, there are now no campaign contribution limits in B.C.

Another hint about why the Greens did not get into a power-sharing agreement with the Liberals came from Norman Spector, the retired provincial and federal public servant who served as an unpaid strategic adviser to Weaver and the Greens.

This is what she said: "In recent days, we have made every effort to reach a governing agreement, while standing firm on our core beliefs".

Green advisor Norman Spector provided an early insight into how the Greens "recoiled" at the idea of cutting a deal with the Liberals.

The NDP-Greens deal is weighted in the Greens supporting, or giving confidence, to the NDP in votes including the throne speech and budgets.

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"I'm very excited about the prospect of delivering the people of British Columbia what they voted for, and that was change", NDP leader John Horgan told reporters at the legislature.

At their press conference, both Horgan and Weaver criticized Clark's record on job creation.

"This is an opportunity for people coming from an opposition to bring new eyes to government", Mr Horgan said. 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. Mr Weaver was careful to stress it would not be a coalition government and the Green Party would not have any seats in cabinet.

Horgan said people in B.C. voted for change on May 9, and the NDP and the Greens are ready to give them that. But I want to make it clear - this not about a deal between political parties... it's about getting the best deal possible for British Columbians. "Because we want to make sure we do things differently in British Columbia, a new deal not for politicians, not for the legislature, but a new deal for British Columbians".

That would force either the NDP or Greens to offer up a speaker. They have both called for social improvements, such as increases to the welfare and disability rates, as well as the minimum wage.

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