Democracy Gone Astray

Democracy, being a human construct, needs to be thought of as directionality rather than an object. As such, to understand it requires not so much a description of existing structures and/or other related phenomena but a declaration of intentionality.
This blog aims at creating labeled lists of published infringements of such intentionality, of points in time where democracy strays from its intended directionality. In addition to outright infringements, this blog also collects important contemporary information and/or discussions that impact our socio-political landscape.

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[NOTE: Due to changes I haven't caught on time in the blogging software, all of the 'Original Article' links were nullified between September 11, 2012 and December 11, 2012. My apologies.]

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Greens and NDP Agree to End Liberal Era

The BC NDP will form government with Green support under an agreement the leaders of the two parties announced together today.

“I’m very excited about the prospect of delivering the people of British Columbia what they voted for, and that was change,” NDP leader John Horgan told reporters at the legislature.

Horgan said he hasn’t spoken with Liberal leader Christy Clark since election night, and Green leader Andrew Weaver said his party had serious discussions with both the Liberals and NDP about who they would help form government.

“It was obvious to us, BC Greens, that there’s so much commonality in this legislature,” Weaver said, standing next to Horgan. “There are so many ideas that all parties share.”

The agreement is for the Greens to support the NDP for four years on spending and budget matters. There are details to follow, but Horgan said that before those are made public they need to be ratified by the NDP caucus, which meets tomorrow.

In the May 9 election, the BC Liberals won 43 seats, just shy of the 44 needed for a majority in the 87-seat legislature. The NDP won 41 and the Greens three, giving the party the balance of power.

Weaver said he wouldn’t release the details of the agreement, but noted that Green candidates campaigned hard against Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline proposal. “This issue of Kinder Morgan is one that was critical to us, and I think you’ll see that reflected in tomorrow’s announcement,” he said.

Shares in Kinder Morgan Canada are to begin trading publicly on Tuesday.

Clark was unavailable to reporters, but released a prepared statement. “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,” she said.

“As the incumbent government, and the party with the most seats in the legislature, we have a responsibility to carefully consider our next steps. I will consult on those steps with the newly elected BC Liberal caucus, and have more to say tomorrow.”

Throughout the negotiations, Weaver said the conditions for Green support included official party status, banning big money donations to BC political parties and introducing a proportional representation electoral system where the number of seats a party wins better reflects its share of the popular vote.

The agreement with the NDP is an opportunity to show that the legislature can work without one party holding a majority of seats, Weaver said. “What better way to show that proportional representation could work by showing that a minority government can and will work in the best interests of people throughout its session.”

Horgan said the arrangement would deliver a government that’s focused on people. “I’m very excited about the prospect of stable government and demonstrating to British Columbians that we can do great things when we work together.”

Horgan said the NDP and Greens will let Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon know about their agreement and proceed from there. Asked if he expected Clark to resign, Horgan said, “The premier will have some choices to make, without any doubt.”

Original Article
Author: Andrew MacLeod

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