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Goodbye, Christy Clark: Roundup of coverage of ex-Premier’s decision to leave politics

Former British Columbia Premier Christy Clark, having been ousted as the leader of Canada’s third largest province, has decided not to stick around and try to lead her party back into the majority. She’s announced her resignation as a BC Liberals leader and as of a Member of the B.C. Legislative Assembly, effective August 4th.

Here’s a roundup of coverage about her departure from Canadian mass media.

Clark’s successor as Premier is John Horgan of the New Democratic Party, the more progressive of British Columbia’s two major political parties.

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B.C.’s NDP-Green alliance: Not much room for error

“The New Democrats’ historic alliance with B.C.’s third-place Green Party is founded on the principle of ‘good faith and no surprises.’ For that to survive, both parties must put aside the personal and political differences on display during a sometimes testy election campaign as they attempt to keep the NDP minority government alive, while navigating a number of contentious policy areas that could emerge as areas of conflict,” explains The Vancouver Sun’s Mike Hager.

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Progressive change looks set to come to British Columbia with alliance of BC NDP and BC Greens

Rob Shaw of the Vancouver Sun offers an excellent analysis of the newly unveiled deal. He summarizes: “A B.C. NDP government, backed by the Greens, would do everything it could to kill the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion, to hold a referendum in 2018 on proportional representation, to eliminate Metro bridge tolls, to increase the carbon tax, to bring in a $15 minimum wage and to put the Site C dam project before an immediate review, according to details of the power-sharing deal between the two parties.”

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Right wing Liberals remain short of a majority in British Columbia after more ballots counted

A provincial election update:

The NDP have jumped into a 101-vote lead over the Liberals in the battle for Courtenay-Comox, a riding that could decide which party governs British Columbia.

The final count of absentee ballots continues today, but as of the last update Tuesday afternoon, the NDP’s Ronna-Rae Leonard was leading Liberal candidate Jim Benninger 10,481 votes to 10,380.

Officials have counted slightly more than half the 2,077 absentee ballots in the riding.

The outcome of the race has the potential to alter the province’s political landscape.

A Liberal victory would give the party 44 seats and a bare majority in the 87-seat legislature. The NDP would finish with 40 and the B.C. Green Party with three.

As a reminder, the NDP, or New Democratic Party, is the main progressive party in British Columbia, while the Liberals are the main right wing party. The Greens are a minor party that are on the rise, having only won their first riding (what Canadians call a district) in 2013. The Greens have now tripled their numbers and will decide which of the major parties governs the province if these results hold.

There are still some absentee ballots left to count.

Progressive activists aren’t waiting for final numbers to call for a coalition government between the New Democratic Party and the Greens.

With the final election results still unclear, the calls for co-operation remain speculative but a reminder to both the Greens and the NDP that many of their supporters see them as natural allies.

“If no party has a strong majority after the final ballots are counted, the NDP and the Greens have a historic opportunity to make good on the important policies they both campaigned on – but only if they work together,” said Lyndsay Poaps, executive director of Leadnow, the umbrella organization that delivered a petition with 25,000 names calling for an alliance between the two parties.

NDP leader John Horgan and Green leader Andrew Weaver aren’t the best of friends, but they will need to put their personal differences aside if the Liberals are to be dislodged after having held power for fifteen years.

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Everything you need to know about the issues in tomorrow’s B.C. provincial elections

The Globe and Mail: “When British Columbians head to the polls for [tomorrow]’s election, they’ll be armed with a host of platform promises from the major parties, ranging from a sweeping remake of the province’s child-care system to smaller, targeted proposals designed to pick up votes from key groups. Here’s what you need to know about where the parties stand on the campaign’s most important issues.”

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British Columbia’s governing neoLiberals are swimming in corporate cash

And some of it’s coming from companies doing business with the province. Who’s getting Site C contracts? And how much have they given the BC Liberals? The Tyee looked at 51 companies offering services to BC Hydro for a multibillion dollar dam project.

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B.C. NDP throws Clark under the bus

Campaign season is underway in British Columbia, where the opposition New Democrats are going after incumbent Premier Christy Clark and the not-liberal B.C. Liberals, hoping to end their majority after fifteen years out of power. “Liberal fundraising has come under scrutiny for the volume and size of contributions from large corporate donors – and the government’s refusal to impose limits,” notes The Globe and Mail.

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Wild west: How B.C. lobbyists are breaking one of the province’s few political donation rules

Via The Globe and Mail: “With no limits on political donations in B.C., the provincial Liberals [who are actually conservatives] raised an astonishing $12-million last year. One alarming source: Lobbyists are giving tens of thousands of dollars in their own name – and some power brokers are breaking one of the few rules the province has in place. Kathy Tomlinson reports.”

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According to the Premier’s hyper-partisan political playbook, you never apologize to your enemy – not if you can avoid it. But on this matter, she found herself increasingly boxed in.

— Has Premier Christy Clark had her enough’s enough scandal? (Gary Mason, writing for The Globe and Mail).

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Why New Democrat John Horgan can win B.C.’s next election

The Tyee’s Bill Tieleman says the San Juan MLA is “absolutely the best person to challenge Christy Clark’s formidable Liberals”. (In British Columbia, the New Democratic Party is the progressive party, while the Liberals are actually the conservative party. Complicating matters, there is also a B.C. Conservative Party that is even more conservative than the Liberals).