BC NDP Premier John Horgan has blossomed, is the real deal, and will win a majority government in 2020

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BC NDP Premier John Horgan has blossomed, is the real deal, and will win a majority government in 2020
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Pink slips for Alberta workers as these jobs should have gone to unionized BC workers - what's wrong with that!



It's hard to believe a thread was recently opened here on Babble stating that Horgan should step down and the BC NDP should have a leadership convention to replace him! I guess a week is a long time in politics!!


Building confidence in B.C.’s new NDP-Green alliance




2017 Confidence and Supply Agreement between the BC Green Caucus and the BC New Democrat Caucus



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May 30th, 2017

B.C. New Democrat and B.C. Green caucuses ratify historic agreement

VICTORIA - All 44 elected MLAs from the B.C. New Democrat and B.C. Green caucuses have ratified an agreement pledging to work together to support a stable New Democrat government that works for people.

"The people of B.C. spoke loud and clear on election day - they want a government that works for them, not just those at the top. With the signing of this historic agreement, we are showing that we are ready to roll up our sleeves and work together to make lives better for British Columbians," said John Horgan, leader of the B.C. New Democrats.

"The results of the election clearly demonstrated that voters wanted to put an end to the bitter, divisive and cynical politics of the past, and get on with productive governance. Today, I am very proud to stand with John Horgan and our respective caucuses to demonstrate how two distinct parties can work together for the good of all," said Andrew Weaver, leader of the B.C. Greens.

The B.C. New Democrat Government has agreed to advance several legislative and policy initiatives identified as a condition of support by the B.C. Green Caucus, including:

  • Reforming our electoral system, getting the influence of big money out of politics, and reforming lobbying rules;
  • Recognizing that education is about lifelong learning and fast-tracking enhancement to K-12 education funding;
  • Protecting and promoting public health care, creating a proposal for an essential drugs program, and giving families the security of quality, affordable child care;
  • Getting people moving with better transit;
  • Giving the opioid crisis the attention it deserves;
  • Establishing an Emerging Economy Task Force and an Innovation Commission;
  • Eliminating Medical Services Premiums;
  • Implementing a basic income pilot project;
  • Fighting climate change while creating good jobs and introducing rebate cheques that will mean most people pay less while increasing the carbon tax beginning in 2018;
  • Sending the Site C project immediately to an independent review;
  • Opposing the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion project.

"This agreement establishes a relationship of 'good faith and no surprises' between the B.C. Green caucus and a B.C. New Democrat government. It is our hope that it becomes a model for future B.C. governments, where working across party lines is quite ordinary. I have always believed we are better off when diverse views can be represented at the table. This is a new era for politics in B.C. - one where British Columbians are truly the winners," said Weaver.

"British Columbians have been waiting 16 long years for solutions to so many problems, and we want to help. A New Democrat government, with the support of Green MLAs, will make life more affordable, fix the services people count on, and build a sustainable economy that works for people. This agreement means we have the opportunity to make those changes that are so important. I'm optimistic and excited for the future," said Horgan.

The agreement can be found here: bcgreen_bcndp_agreement_170529



“We can have a stable minority government for four years with the support of B.C. Green MLAs on confidence and supply matters”, said Weaver.

The agreement also says that the NDP would not request a dissolution of the legislature, except following the defeat of a motion of confidence, and that the Greens would neither move nor vote non-confidence against the NDP in the next four years.

“This issue of Kinder Morgan is one that was critical to us and I think you’ll see that reflected in tomorrow’s announcement”, Weaver told a news conference with NDP leader John Horgan on Monday.

“The question will be, does she do the elegant thing, which would be to resign and let John Horgan and the NDP form the government … or does she attempt to go it alone”.




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I like the fact that John's NDP are going to add 6 additional months to their 4 year term.


Forget Any Economic Windfall from Kinder Morgan, Analyst Says

In damning report, David Hughes challenges claims that Trans Mountain will boost Canada’s oil prices.



Let the fear mongering begin Actually BC Hydro might be pleased to reassess the situation, eh! Maybe BC Hydro would prefer to have experienced unionized BC workers doing the job




British Columbia. vs. the Deep State


“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes.”

What the heck does that statement have to do with a potential minority government in the western-most Canadian province you might ask?

By the time you read this, considerable forces will be massing in reaction to the new signals of opposition to Kinder Morgan being sent from Victoria. Their aim is to make life difficult, if not impossible, for a Weaver-Horgan alliance should the BC Liberals fail our next legislature’s test of confidence.  In this situation, where a clear challenge to the status-quo is emerging, it’s more applicable to than you might think.

Eisenhower’s candid and direct assessment of realpolitik was a rare event. Though the term ‘military industrial complex’ largely faded from the lexicon with the cold war, the premise that industrial interests have embedded themselves deep within government did not. Nowadays some people refer to them as the ‘Deep State.’

In Eisenhower’s world the military industrial complex grew into a colossus by feeding off the ever present threat of ideologically-driven nuclear conflict. Today, power is projected less so by military intent, more so by controlling the flow of capital. The Deep State is designed to protect this flow, and nothing gets capital flowing like oil and gas.

Invested governments in Ottawa and Alberta; emerging world powers like China who need secure access to resources; powerful transnational corporations dependent on oil revenue; the banks that finance them. Those are the forces that stand to lose big if a democratically elected government committed to shutting down both access and influence takes power. With the rhetoric from the election campaign and a thoughtfully crafted joint statement ringing in their ears, they emerged from the shadows – their reactions swift and furious.

First, through the media. Canada West Foundation’s Martha Hall Findley wrote “The worst thing we can do, for British Columbia and for Canada as a whole, is to threaten to stop Trans Mountain, to work to reverse the approvals already achieved.” Claudio Cattaneo in the National Post called Weaver an extremist and somehow linked him to the impending defeat of both Rachel Notley and Canada’s already failed climate plan. For Kinder Morgan’s part, they rushed a desperate IPO into the marketplace anticipating a price of $21 per share to fund their Canadian subsidiary. It closed at $16.24 on the first day.

Canada’s security services don’t publicly comment on elections, but we already know their positions. CSIS has monitored the organization I work for, and the RCMP believes that “a growing criminal phenomenon associated with environmentalism aims to interfere with regulatory reviews and force companies to forgo development.” (Question: Are Weaver and Horgan now criminals? Perhaps Clark can have them arrested before the month is out… Assuming she herself isn’t behind bars.) Alberta’s premier, backed by Trudeau, closed the case: “Mark my words. There are no legal tools available to provinces to stand in the way of infrastructure projects that benefit all Canadians. We will use the means at our disposal to ensure that the project is built.”

All of this occurred, I duly note, in the same week that Enbridge, a pipeline approved in exactly the same circumstances and meeting exactly the same opposition, died a quiet death on the order papers of Parliament. Ottawa doesn’t believe it’s going to go 0 for 2, but they are naive not to see it for he harbinger it is.



Do you agree with the author's premise that Rachel Notley is part of the "deep state"?


Ha! Ha!


For B.C.’s Greens and NDP, next test will be establishing ‘stability’


B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan says he and the Green Party are excited to work together and plan to form the next provincial government.

He may lose a few votes here and there, but B.C. NDP leader John Horgan says he’s confident he can form a stable government that will hold steady for four years.



Christy Clark won't quit as BC premier, will recall house


Mighty Middle

THIS JUST IN - BC Liberal party spokesman said their MLA all agreed not to take the job of speaker. If NDP & Greens follow suit it means another elxn


Get ready for Premier Horgan


It was an impressive performance, and it follows a string of them.

I’ve noticed some subtle shifts in Horgan’s demeanour since the election campaign began. In the weeks and months leading up to it, Horgan at times seemed frustrated with the shackles that come with being in Opposition.

He was occasionally a bit chippy and defensive with the media, which he seemed to regard with suspicion. A fairly exuberant and confident figure, Horgan would often become defensive when challenged.But Horgan’s strong performance in the election campaign helped his party pick up enough seats to put it into minority government territory. He stayed on message throughout the campaign and rarely had a misstep (that radio debate “close encounter” with B.C. Liberal leader Christy Clark may have been the lone exception).

He even handled a heckler at a rally (which can go disastrously wrong) with aplomb and humor for the television cameras, and he seemed relaxed throughout the campaign, no mean feat to start with.

Since the uncertainty of election night, Horgan has maintained his cool and has presented a calm, authoritative and credible demeanour. If he can maintain it through the inevitable controversies that befall all government regardless of party stripe, he may be able to hold this somewhat shaky alliance with the B.C. Greens together longer than many people seem to think.

This apparent turnaround coincides with two relatively recent additions to his team to his team: Chief of Staff Bob Dewar, who arrived last year, and Deputy Chief of Staff Marie Della Mattia, who appeared on the scene at the start of the campaign. Both are veteran politicos with plenty of winning political experience, and they seemed to have had a positive impact on the NDP leader.

Dewar is a former chief of staff in a Manitoba government and Della Mattia is a longtime communications and political consultant with a few victories notched on her belt.

 It’s not entirely clear yet whether Dewar and Della Mattia intend to stick around. Horgan should do his utmost to ensure neither depart the scene if he wants his apparent one-seat majority to last a good length of time.




Actually the results were quite clear to everyone except the Liberals and their number one media fan - the CBC News Dept.



No Reason $10-a-Day Childcare in BC Can’t Start Soon, Says Advocate

But New Democratic-Green coalition says subsidized universal plan will take 10 years.



Fire her!

Hopefully on John's first day in office otherwise what's the point of changing the government.

BC Hydro denies NDP’s request to delay Site C construction




Too bad but you voted the wrong way. Better smarten up next time.

Northern leaders concerned over provincial representation





I wonder how many of the so-called letter-to-the-editor writers are actually being paid by Christy with the millions and millions of dollars the Liberals have in their bank account.



The truth about BC's soon to be Liberal ex-Premier of BC continues to ooze out. Contrast that with the behavior of soon to be NDP BC Premier John Horgan who actually walks the talk.

Christy Clark raises much and donates little



The director of the Weaver-Horgan show should ramp up central characters' humility



B.C. forced to watch its own back — again



Did Big Money actually influence decision-making in B.C.?



You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone



Defeated unions executives turn over power immediately following the vote. Is there some reason our governments don't do the same?

We are now going to be 6 weeks since the May 9 election before the BC Legislature convenes.


B.C. legislature returns June 22, stage set for confidence vote on Liberals



happy about green and orange

The Powers of GO – The Orange and Green evolution