As members of the BC Legislative Assembly gather for an unprecedented 41st sitting of the House, they’ll do so with the knowledge that most British Columbians are in no mood for another election as a means of solving what could be more political paralysis in the weeks to come.
As BC Liberal and BC NDP politicians prepare to make the case for why they should govern over a hung parliament – people in this province are divided – along political lines – and in some cases among themselves – about the best way to move forward, about policies and priorities.
While past BC Liberal voters find a common voice on several pressing issues including the fate of the Site C Dam and the twinning of the TransMountain Pipeline, they are less united on what to do about the possible changes to the approval process for LNG projects.
And while those who voted NDP or for the Greens of BC last month are adamant an NDP minority government is what they want, Green supporters are less warm towards NDP leader John Horgan than NDP supporters are of Green leader Andrew Weaver.
- More than one-in-three British Columbians worry their own standard of living will be worse a year from now – a seven year high.
- About one-in-ten (11%) indicate they’re experiencing buyer’s remorse – and would have voted differently if afforded a “do-over”; of that group, slightly more are for the Liberals than the NDP
- Almost two-thirds of BC residents (63%) say that BC Liberals should concede defeat, rather than use procedures to prevent a Green-supported NDP minority government from leading
- While majorities of the BC Liberal base strongly support continuing with the Site C Dam and the TransMountain Pipeline expansion (72% and 73% respectively) – there is less alignment between NDP and Green voters and indeed, in their own camps, on the future of these projects
- A majority of British Columbians (62%) would prefer to see Christy Clark step down as leader of the BC Liberals, including one-third (32%) of her own base.