HOW THE PARTIES STAND
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