Liberal Steve Thomson BC's new Speaker in likely short-lived government

Posted June 23, 2017

That vote is expected on June 29 and is set to oust the Liberals after 16 years in power. "I've always had an interest".

"The premier has promised to test the confidence of the house through a throne speech or a motion of confidence", Routley said.

The Liberal government has already released numerous details from the speech, which is expected to represent a dramatic about-face from a re-election platform the party campaigned on a little more than a month ago. They hope the Lieutenant Governor will offer them a chance to lead the province if they can win a confidence vote, as is customary in our political system.

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"As I often say politics needs more rugby players and I think all members will agree even when this debate become contentious... you have sometimes stood alone amongst us as someone who brought calm, who brought fairness of thought, who brought a level of decorum to this house that sadly has become a little unfamiliar over the years". But we just can't count on her to fix the problems she created.

And that child care would be completely free for families earning less than $60,000 a year, the majority of taxpayers in B.C.; more than 70 per cent of income-earning British Columbians make less than $50,000, or almost 2.5 million people, according to Statistics Canada data.

"In general, it's going to mean that every family that earns up to $60,000 a year will get a full subsidy for their child care, then all families from $60,000-$100,000 will be eligible for a partial subsidy".

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The NDP and Greens have argued that convention dictates that a speaker, once elected, keep the job until the next election, while the Liberals have argued it's up to the government of the day to provide a speaker. He declined to say whether he would stay in the role if the government changes.

"Teachers tell us this all the time ... they're not sure how to diagnose them, or where to send them", Clark said.

"Elections are about listening to people", Clark added.

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