John Horgan and Andrew Weaver
Horgan: e (#16, 2016) // Weaver: s ( NEW) BC PREMIER; LEADER, BC GREEN PARTY
The Unlikely Partnership It wasn’t supposed to end like this. May’s provincial election should have been a cakewalk for Christy Clark, with Canada’s top-performing economy at her back and an untested NDP leader as her opponent. And yet, when the nal vote was tallied, Clark’s Liberals ended up with abareminority—and Andrew Weaver’s Green Party, winning ahistoric three seats, holding the balance of power.
What would Weaver do? That was the question that hung over the province for three weeks after electionday. On May 29, after the results were conrmed, Weaver and NDP leader John Horgan announced a power-sharing deal that brought anend to 16 years of Liberal Party rule.
Some observers wondered whether a deal was possible, given the animosity shown between Weaver and Horgan in the legislature and on the campaign trail. But according to Justine Hunter, the Victoria-based legislative reporter for the Globe and Mail, there was little doubt who Weaver would support.
“Both of these men have long-term goals that require that they get along— and so far, they are showing they are far more pragmatic than those public exchanges would suggest,” says Hunter, who has covered provincial politics for almost 30 years.
While it’s clear what Horgan gets out of the deal—the long-coveted premier’s seat—for Weaver, the arrangement represents astep in alonger-term game: bringing electoral reform to B.C. and, with it, a solidied position for his insurgent party. “The Greens want British Columbian voters to see that a minority government can work, and then they want to actually change the voting system,” says Hunter. “If that remains their central driving force, then I think this could easily last beyond the average shelf life of a minority government in Canada.”