B.C. Government House Leader announces legislature will be recalled June 22

B.C. Government House Leader announces legislature will be recalled June 22

The British Columbia legislature will be recalled on June 22, B.C. Government House Leader Michael de Jong announced Wednesday.

“The first order of business in this new parliament will be the election of a speaker,” de Jong said in a statement.

“After which, and in the aftermath of a very close election, the government will seek to determine if it continues to enjoy the confidence of the house.”

Premier Christy Clark is expected to lose a confidence vote in the house as the B.C. Greens and the B.C. NDP have signed an agreement, which would allow the NDP to form a minority government.

Neither the Liberals or the NDP were able to secure the majority of seats during the provincial election two months ago. The Liberals ended up with 43 seats, while the NDP took 41 and the Greens three.

B.C. Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver said in a statement that he is glad the premier has decided to recall the legislature.

“In the weeks since the election, it has been encouraging to see all three parties agree that British Columbians want us to work together,” Weaver said in the statement.

“The B.C. Green Caucus looks forward to meeting our colleagues from both other parties in the House so that we can get to work delivering good public policy that will make a difference in the lives of British Columbians.”

NDP Leader John Horgan criticized the decision to recall the house on June 22. 

“By the time Christy Clark finally gets to work on June 22, it will be more than six weeks since British Columbians voted overwhelmingly to replace her,” Horgan said in a statement. 

“I’m surprised it’s taken Christy Clark this long, but I’m hopeful she will agree to test the confidence of the house immediately so British Columbians get the new government they voted for.”

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