Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has issued a statement saying he looks forward to working with new BC Premier John Horgan.
Horgan was yesterday asked by Lieutenant-Governor Judith Guichon to form a minority government after Christy Clark’s BC Liberals lost the confidence of the BC Legislature when faced with a non-confidence vote introduced by Horgan.
“I look forward to working closely with Premier-designate Horgan to deliver real results on the issues that matter to British Columbians and to all Canadians,” the Prime Minister said in a statement.
“By coming together in a spirit of cooperation, I am confident that we can grow the industries and sectors at the heart of the province’s prosperity, while promoting clean growth and innovation and investing in public transit and green infrastructure.”
“I also look forward to working with Premier-designate Horgan to implement the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, as we renew Canada’s nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous Peoples.”
Trudeau also thanked Christy Clark for her tenure.
“I thank Christy Clark for her work as premier and her public service contributions to the province, the people of British Columbia, and the country as a whole.”
BC Premier Horgan will now have to recall the legislature and attempt to pass a throne speech or budget to see if he has the confidence of the house.
If that passes – with the necessary support of the BC Greens – then Horgan and the BC NDP minority government will remain.
And, after 16 years in power, the BC Liberals will be relegated to the Opposition.