NDP confidence motion looks to topple BC's minority Liberal gov't

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I think the public thinks that's wrong.

The New Democrats and Greens have an agreement to combine their seats total to out-vote the Liberals on matters of confidence, which includes the throne speech.

Earlier, NDP Leader John Horgan walked into the legislature with a formal non-confidence motion created to topple the government.

The NDP and Greens voted down the bill by a vote of 44 to 42.

In a surprise move, the Liberals also introduced a bill to give the Greens official party status, but that too was voted down.

The B.C. Liberal government is presenting its legislation to ban corporate and union donations today, but it won't be used to delay a vote of confidence that is likely to defeat the government on Thursday. The Greens do not accept donations from unions or corporations.

Although long expected, the bill failed to receive unanimous support and will not be voted on until later in the week. "It's a disappointing day for us".

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De Jong said the proposed law - which the Liberals opposed in last month's election campaign but supported in last week's throne speech - can be passed in the legislature in the coming days.

On his way into the House, Green Leader Andrew Weaver explained why his party would vote the bills down, sight unseen.

"The Premier has been clear that she wants to test the confidence of the House, and that should be the first priority when the House reconvenes". "... Our Caucus will not debate legislation until the confidence of the house has been tested".

Clark left the legislature quickly after question period and was unavailable to reporters. "Let's have a confidence motion and let's put in place a government that focuses on the challenges people are facing right across B.C". "There are procedures around these things in terms of how we have the standing rules of the house which provide for a certain number of days of debate", he said.

Duff Conacher, co-founder of Democracy Watch, said British Columbia could shift from being a laggard on campaign finance to catch up with other Canadian jurisdictions.

So when the B.C. Liberals proposed legislation Monday to meet both the Greens and NDP's donations ban pledges, potentially prolonging the NDP's own non-confidence motion on last Thursday's Throne Speech, some speculated that Weaver might vote with the minority Liberal government to show his independence.

"We became aware after the election the economy was growing at a much stronger rate than we anticipated", he said. "Pretty simple. We could do it in about 10 minutes".

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