Farnworth says he expects the throne speech confidence vote Thursday, which could lead to the defeat of the Liberal government after 16 years in office.
Liberal house leader Mike de Jong sent a four-page letter to Speaker Steve Thomson on Tuesday hoping for clarification on voting issues for the legislature's 87 members to consider before the confidence vote, which is expected on Thursday.
Weaver says if the ruling Liberals lose that vote, the Lieutenant Governor should first see if another party can gain the confidence of the house and form a government before an election is called.
Horgan quizzed Premier Christy Clark during question period about why she won't simply agree to hold a confidence vote immediately Monday, rather than waiting until legislature rules dictate on Thursday.
In a mark of how freakish B.C.'s political situation has become since the close May 9 election results, it's believed to be the first time in the province's history that a government bill has been defeated in the "first-reading" stage, which effectively kills it before it's ever even read in the legislature. On Monday, two pieces of legislation fell before most members could even read through the proposed new rules for campaign financing.
The Opposition New Democrats have called for campaign finance reform for more than a decade, and the Green party also supports a ban on donations from unions and corporations. It is up to that individual to decide if he or she will continue in that job if the government is defeated and opposition parties take over, he said.
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Green Leader Andrew Weaver, who had said recently he could support the Liberal bill, changed his position Monday.
BC NDP Leader John Horgan has said an NDP government would provide Crown land to communities to lower the cost of new housing; the party's plan is to create 114,000 rental, social and co-op housing units over 10 years.
With Premier Christy Clark's newfound humility and transformation should come profound apologies to at least two sets of people.
"I'm still trying to deal with the magnitude of the shifts", Falcon said Friday.
"The premier quotes tradition but doesn't follow it", Weaver said. "And if we are destined to play that role again as an opposition, I think we would be an effective opposition, and take that role seriously".
In an attempt to stave off defeat, the Liberals delivered a throne speech last week that borrowed heavily from the NDP and Green campaign platforms by promising, among other things, to hike welfare rates, develop a poverty-reduction strategy and tie disability assistance rates to inflation. "The road to stability and the road to being able to make sure that government, working together in this legislature, can get on with the business in this house, is to support the throne speech and ensure we can keep the business of government going on".