The provincial NDP has raised questions about the future of the BC Liberal government, after premier John Horgan announced last week that the BC Green Party will not stand in the provincial election.
The announcement prompted outrage on social media, with the hashtag #BringBackGreen, which was trending on Twitter in the days following Horgan’s announcement.
But Horgan has defended the decision, telling reporters on Tuesday that the Liberals are committed to having a balanced budget and that the Green Party is not part of that.
“We’re going to have a balanced government in this province,” Horgan said.
B.C. Green Party leader Andrew Weaver also weighed in, calling the move a betrayal of the Green movement.
“It’s really shocking that the B.
C Green Party, who has been one of the leading voices in this process, is abandoning their leadership, just to get out of this election,” Weaver said.
“I think that we can all agree that a balanced BC government, that has a real plan for the province and its people, is a better choice.”
Horgan’s announcement prompted a flurry of tweets on social news sites, with many accusing the NDP of being a party that is too beholden to wealthy interests and is too focused on the “benevolent” nature of the Liberal government.
@TheBCGreenParty Your BC NDP team is becoming a party of corporate interests, while also being a pawn in the Liberal game.
It’s a betrayal.
— Chris Mears (@chrismears) March 18, 2020Horgan has previously said he would not be the first BC NDP premier to walk away from an election after a loss.
Horgan has faced questions about his leadership in the past, having lost to former BC Liberal premier Gordon Campbell in 2015 and in 2017 when he was ousted by Christy Clark, who was then the premier of British Columbia.
On Monday, Horgan indicated that the NDP would not stand for the provincial ballot in the upcoming election, saying it would be an important election.
“We’ve got to get on with our lives and the work we’ve got on,” he said.