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Liberals remove Darryl Plecas' party membership after he takes new job

Last Updated Sep 9, 2017 at 2:25 pm PDT

(Martin MacMahon, NEWS 1130)

Plecas took the job of Speaker after claims no one else put their name forward

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VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) – The BC Liberals are taking further steps against one of their own for turning against the party and accepting the post of Speaker of the House yesterday.

Hours after the move, the Abbotsford South BC Liberal Riding Association requested the party remove Darryl Plecas from the its membership. Today, the party’s executive passed a Special Resolution to that effect.

“Yesterday in Victoria, that trust was broken when the 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. As a result, the NDP government will enjoy an expanded margin of seats that will enable them to control the House for the foreseeable future — even though our party won the most seats and the most votes in the election,” says the party in a statement.

“None of us are happy about these events. As BC Liberals, we pride ourselves on working hard together, sticking together when times get tough, and having respectful debates within a strong, united party — and that is the spirit we will continue to build on in the months ahead.”

The loss of Plecas means the Liberals only have 41 votes compared to the 44 that the NDP/Greens have. The party adds the new NDP government will now enjoy an expanded margin of seats even though the BC Liberals won the most seats and the most votes in the election.

Remember, a by-election still needs to be held next month to replace the seat in Kelowna that former Premier Christy Clark left empty following her resignation in early August. That, combined with the fact Plecas can abstain from voting on legislation as the Speaker, could trivialize any attempt by the Liberals to overthrow the NDP and Greens in a confidence vote.