Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

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(BC-Legis-Confidence)

British Columbia has its first N-D-P government in 16 years.

N-D-P Leader John Horgan is set to be the next premier of B-C after Christy Clark's Liberals were defeated yesterday in a non-confidence vote in the legislature.

Clark says she asked Lieutenant-Governor Judith Guichon to dissolve the legislature to allow for an election, but her request was denied.

Horgan emerged, beaming, from a meeting with Guichon to say he was asked to form a minority government after reaching a deal with the Green party on a legislative agenda. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Legis-NDP-Promises)

The change in government in B-C also could mean big changes to the electoral system, resource development, minimum wage and other key issues.

N-D-P premier-designate John Horgan, with the support of the Green party, has promised to hold a referendum on proportional representation in the fall of 2018.

He's also promised to use every tool available to stop the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and to send the Site C dam to the B-C Utilities Commission for a review.

Horgan also says his government will set up an arm's-length commission that will be tasked with establishing a pathway to a minimum wage of at least 15 dollars an hour. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Polygamy-Trial)

A sentencing hearing is set to be held today for a former husband and wife convicted of taking a 13-year-old girl into the U-S to marry the now-imprisoned leader of their polygamous sect.

Brandon Blackmore and Gail Blackmore were found guilty by a B-C Supreme Court judge in February of taking the girl across the border for a sexual purpose.

The trial in Cranbrook heard about the polygamous beliefs and practises of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

The allegations against the Blackmores date back to 2004 when records show the 13-year-old girl was married to Warren Jeffs, a 61-year-old church prophet now serving life in a U-S prison. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Gang-Murder)

A trial has heard that one of the men accused of killing Jonathan Bacon in a gang shooting outside a Kelowna hotel rented a car in Surrey 10 days before the incident. …

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