In a fashion not usually seen in politics, the NDP government announced Friday who would be the speaker of the house- the only problem is that the speaker is from the official opposition, and the Liberals aren’t happy.
Darryl Plecas, MLA for Abbotsford South accepted the opportunity to serve as Speaker of the House, despite repeated promises and assurances that he would not do so. Once the announcement was made, interim opposition leader Rich Coleman immediately took to the media to display his unapproval and in the hours following his decision, the Abbotsford South BC Liberal Riding Association requested on behalf of local party members that the Party Executive revoke Plecas’ membership in the party. Today, the Executive passed a Special Resolution to that effect.
The reason the Liberal party is up in arms over the decision to take the speakers seat is that it expanded margin of seats that will enable them to control the House for the foreseeable future to three – even though the Liberal party won the most seats and the most votes in the election.
Weeks after the election the NDP and Green parties banded together to create a coalition minority government that ousted the Liberals out of power after 16 years in the top spot.
Since then, party leader Christy Clark has retired from politics and the NDP government has highlighted the number of leadership issues throughout the Liberals reign with the audit of ICBC and review of Site C dam.
Plecas said to media immediately following the dismissal that it felt like the right thing to do. He went on to say that he joined the Liberal party because he believed they were accepting of different view-points.
Plecas is a well-respected federally appointed prison judge who has heard over 5,000 cases in court and a former criminology professor.
Ultimately, Plecas said he feels that he made the right decision.