BC NDP and Green Party intend to form minority government

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But pipeline opponents - now nearly the government - say that if the pipeline can't be stopped in the courts, it should be stalled into extinction with a variety of tactics.

A bare majority, that is: 44 Greens and New Democrats to 43 B.C. Liberals and things don't get any closer than that in parliamentary terms.

Weaver says the Greens informed the Liberals' negotiator this morning that they had reached a deal with the NDP.

Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver has promised to make a decision by this Wednesday as to which party he will side with.

Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing more than 310,000 workers. A New Democrat government will deliver what people voted for on May 9: "making life more affordable, fixing the services people count on, and building a sustainable economy that works for everyone", said NDP leader John Horgan.

The deal would give them a combined one-seat majority in the legislature, bringing down the Liberals who have ruled the province for 16 years.

Sonia Furstenau, the Green MLA for the Cowichan Valley, said she's pleased with the agreement her party made with the NDP on Monday.

"We're not looking to have an election any time soon", Weaver said.

"It's vitally important that British Columbians see the specific details of the agreement announced today by the BC NDP and Green Party leaders, which could have far-reaching consequences for our province's future".

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Both parties share significant parts of their platform: ending corporate and union political donations; opposing the Kinder Morgan oil pipeline; deep concerns about BC Hydro's Site C dam; banning grizzly bear trophy hunting and more. Horgan said other legislation may pass or fail depending on the issue, and there may also be Green or Liberal legislation that could pass the house.

The Greens, with just three seats, hold the balance of power.

Into that cauldron, Premier Rachel Notley's Alberta NDP government is trying to inject some certainty, both through back-channel talks and public declarations. Weaver and NDP leader John Horgan spent the weekend watching a rugby tournament in Langford. The left-leaning NDP won 41 seats and the Green Party won three.

Premier Christy Clark says that the B.C. Liberals "have a responsibility to carefully consider" their next steps.

"We can have a legislature where all MLAs can put forward good ideas that help people, and come together to support them", he said.

Weaver also revealed at the news conference that he received a phone message from Clark shortly before the news conference but he hadn't returned it before attending the joint announcement with Horgan.

After all, he said it would only take one New Demcocrat to miss the ferry to Vancouver Island for the vote in the legislature in Victoria and "the Liberals could survive a confidence vote on the throne speech".

"In the end, we had to make a hard decision, a decision that we felt was in the best interest of British Columbians today".

Does a switch from NDP to Green in two South Island constituencies signal voters' desire for an NDP-Green coalition? Next morning, Weaver cancelled a scheduled follow-up session and chose to go with the more substantive offer from the NDP instead.

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