British Columbia’s Green Party and New Democratic Party said on Monday their leaders will hold a joint news conference at 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT) to make a significant announcement about the future of the Canadian province’s government. The tiny Green Party, which holds the balance of power in the Pacific province after a very close election earlier this month, could push the pro-business Liberals out of power after 16 years by forming a majority government with the left-leaning NDP. Official results last week confirmed that the Liberal Party lost its legislative majority in a May 9 election in Canada’s third most populous province, creating its first minority government in 65 years.
The NDP took 41 seats, the Liberals 43 and the Greens three, Elections BC said. The provincial Liberals are unrelated to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s federal Liberals and more right-leaning. The Greens had given themselves a self-imposed deadline of Wednesday to decide which party to back after holding talks with both the Liberals and the NDP. 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. However, Green Party leader Andrew Weaver has backed the Liberals in some votes in the legislature. He clashed openly with NDP leader John Horgan during the recent election campaign.