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The New Democrats have a lit­tle more breath­ing room in the leg­is­la­ture since MLA Dar­ryl Ple­cas was ejected from the B.C. Lib­eral cau­cus af­ter he agreed to be­come Speaker of the house.

In the May elec­tion, the Lib­er­als formed a mi­nor­ity gov­ern­ment af­ter win­ning 43 seats to the NDP’s 41 and the Green Party’s three. But the Lib­er­als were de­feated in a con­fi­dence mo­tion vote when the NDP and Greens agreed to work to­gether, form­ing gov­ern­ment with 44 seats com­bined.

That led to the res­ig­na­tion of Christy Clark as pre­mier, Lib­eral leader and MLA, leav­ing her party with 42 seats.

A by­elec­tion is to be called in her Kelowna West rid­ing, which is con­sid­ered a safe Lib­eral seat.

The Lib­er­als dropped to 41 seats with the ejec­tion of Ple­cas.

Lat­est seat stand­ings in the B.C. leg­is­la­ture: NDP, 41 Green, 3 Lib­eral, 41 In­de­pen­dent, 1 Va­cant, 1

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