British Columbia Greens agree to back NDP to push out Liberal government: report

By Nicole Mordant

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – British Columbia’s minority Green Party on Monday struck a deal with the left-leaning New Democrats to govern Canada’s western-most province, a move that casts doubt on the future of key energy projects from firms such as Kinder Morgan Inc.

Announcement of the partnership ends a stalemate that emerged last week when the final tally of votes from a May 9 election stripped Liberal premier Christy Clark of her majority. She will now leave office.

The two parties said they will disclose details of their plans on Tuesday.

Green leader Andrew Weaver did not reveal what the pact says about Kinder Morgan’s plans to twin its Trans Mountain crude oil pipeline from Alberta to the Pacific coast. Both parties oppose the C$7.4 billion ($5.49 billion) project.

“This issue of Kinder Morgan is one that was critical to us and I think you’ll see that reflected in tomorrow’s announcement,” Weaver told a news conference with NDP leader John Horgan.

Clark had backed Trans Mountain as well as liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects.

Kinder Morgan’s Canadian unit is expected to debut on Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange in an initial public offering to part-finance Trans Mountain. The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment, although it acknowledged last week the political climate was “not ideal”. Any move by the new government to block Kinder Morgan will be a blow to federal Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, whose government approved the project last November. Clark’s Liberals are unrelated to Trudeau’s party.

Trudeau’s spokeswoman Andree-Lyne Halle said the federal government would continue to “work constructively with provincial and territorial governments on the issues that matter to Canadians”.

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