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Mi­nor­ity gov­ern­ment bet­ter for B.C., says Green leader

- GOR­DON HOEKSTRA Politics · Elections · British Columbia · New Democratic Party (Canada) · Kitimat · Andrew J. Weaver

Green Leader So­nia Furste­nau has made a pitch for an­other mi­nor­ity gov­ern­ment, say­ing mi­nor­ity gov­ern­ments cre­ate more trans­parency, ac­count­abil­ity and col­lab­o­ra­tion.

The NDP mi­nor­ity gov­ern­ment has been sup­ported by the Greens in a for­mal agree­ment for the past 3½ years.

“I think there was a lot of ev­i­dence to show that it has been ben­e­fi­cial for Bri­tish Columbians to have a mi­nor­ity gov­ern­ment — to have par­ties work­ing across party lines, and have ini­tia­tives com­ing for­ward from dif­fer­ent par­ties, to have dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives and voices at the ta­ble,” said Furste­nau.

In the 2017 elec­tion, when the Greens made a his­toric break­through with then-leader An­drew Weaver and won three seats, they ran a slate of 83 can­di­dates in 87 rid­ings.

In two pre­vi­ous elec­tions — in 2005 and 2009 — the Greens ran a full slate of can­di­dates. Both times, they failed to win a seat.

In call­ing the snap elec­tion, Hor­gan said there was a need for a ma­jor­ity gov­ern­ment in trou­bled times, which in­cludes the COVID-19 pan­demic.

At her Vic­to­ria cam­paign stop, Furste­nau in­sisted the Greens were the only party se­ri­ous about deal­ing with cli­mate change.

She heav­ily crit­i­cized the de­ci­sion sup­ported by the NDP and the Lib­er­als to move for­ward with the up to $40-bil­lion Canada LNG project in north­west B.C.

The project will bring nat­u­ral gas from north­east B.C. to Kiti­mat where it will be liq­ue­fied and put on ships for ex­port to new mar­kets such as Asia.

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