Yes, Christy Clark won the election

Notwithstanding Horgan's wait-and-see admonition on the contents of the four-year agreement, Weaver disclosed one item by way of discussing one factor that drove him into the arms of the New Democrats over the B.C. Liberals.

The leaders of the B.C. NDP and Green parties have reached an agreement created to remove the long-governing Liberals from power.

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

Together, the 41 New Democrat and three Green MLAs form a majority voting block over the 43 Liberal members of the legislature.

With a widely-distributed support base, the Greens have suffered the most under first-past-the-post, receiving only 3.4 per cent of the seats in B.C.'s legislature in the last election despite winning 16.8 per cent of the popular vote.

Horgan said the idea of forming a coalition government wasn't ever part of the negotiations. Many British Columbians consider there is more overlap between the Greens and the NDP, which both oppose large oil and gas projects such as Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, than with the Liberals who approved the project.

"This is an adversarial place by its nature", said Horgan.

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.

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Two previous referendums on proportional representation have failed in B.C. While there might not have been instant chemistry between NDP Leader John Horgan and Mr. Weaver, it was never going to be enough of a problem to send the Green Leader running into the arms of Ms. Clark. Rather, the NDP and Greens will operate as separate caucuses, with the Greens supporting the NDP on confidence votes. A Speaker appointed from the parties would be required to break tie votes in the house, and no MLAs, cabinet ministers or the premier could leave the building for key votes or else government would be at risk of being overwhelmed by a 43-seat Liberal opposition.

Weaver said the Green caucus has voted in favour of the agreement and the NDP is scheduled to hold a vote on Tuesday.

Power sharing talks have been underway since, between the Greens and the NDP, as well as the Greens and Liberals. "And that decision was for the BC Greens to work with the BC the BC NDP to provide a stable minority government over the four-year term of this next session".

Weaver said he was "very close" to an agreement with the Liberals, but hinted Clark's support of the controversial Kinder Morgan pipeline was a deal-breaker.

Conspicuously omitted from Trudeau's remarks were provincial political arguments-and rightly so, because this Green-NDP partnership is poised to put his resolve to the test. If the B.C. Greens and NDP defeat the current government in a confidence motion, Clark would need to decide between resigning or asking for a new election.

And Weaver promises to pull the trigger Wednesday, announcing who the Greens have an agreement with - making Horgan or Clark the premier.

"Under this minority, you will actually see job growth - real, stable, secure job growth", Weaver said.

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