Clark won’t quit as B.C. premier

Cape Breton Post - - News | Canada -

Bri­tish Columbia Premier Christy Clark is not ready to walk away from of­fice, an­nounc­ing Tues­day that she will re­call the leg­is­la­ture to see if she can get sup­port to con­tinue gov­ern­ing.

Clark was speak­ing for the first time since the NDP and Greens an­nounced a deal on Mon­day to top­ple the Lib­er­als from power af­ter no party won a ma­jor­ity of seats in a pro­vin­cial elec­tion three weeks ago.

Clark said she plans to bring the house back in early June and made the de­ci­sion to test the will of the leg­is­la­ture af­ter con­sult­ing con­sti­tu­tional ex­perts.

The Lib­er­als won the most seats in the leg­is­la­ture, but fell one seat short of a ma­jor­ity.

The NDP cau­cus met ear­lier and the party is ex­pected to rat­ify the agree­ment with the Greens be­fore it is re­leased.

The agree­ment would al­low the sec­ond place NDP to form a mi­nor­ity govern­ment with the sup­port of the Green party.

NDP Leader John Hor­gan spoke briefly to his cau­cus be­fore it met pri­vately on the agree­ment, which has al­ready been ap­proved by the Greens.

Hor­gan says af­ter 16 years in Op­po­si­tion, the NDP is ex­cited about the prospect of form­ing the next govern­ment.


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