VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – British Columbia’s Liberal government was defeated on Thursday in a no-confidence vote, as expected, paving the way for the left-leaning New Democrats to rule the Western Canadian province for the first time in 16 years. Seven weeks after a knife-edge election, New Democrat legislators, backed by the Green Party, voted 44-42 in favor of an NDP non-confidence motion in the Liberal government’s Throne Speech.
British Columbia Premier Christy Clark is expected to inform the province’s nominal head, Lt. Gov. Judith Guichon, that she will resign. Guichon is then expected to invite NDP leader John Horgan to form a government.