The province of British Columbia may have a new leader and government.
Or it might be about to experience another election.
At approximately 7:24 p.m. Thursday (June 29), B.C. Liberal Premier Christy Clark descended the front steps of Government House, the official residence of B.C. Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon, to announce that she was now waiting for the lieutenant-governor to make her decision.
Clark had entered Guichon's residence about 90 minutes earlier. She gave no indication how long Guichon might take to make her announcement
Earlier Thursday afternoon, the government was defeated 42-44 in a confidence vote taken in the B.C. legislature. The vote ended 16 years of the B.C. Liberals being in power.
Soon after Clark entered Government House, the Speaker of the B.C. legislature, Liberal MLA Steve Thomson—who presided over the vote of nonconfidence—tendered to Guichon his resignation from the office he had held for only one week.
Guichon can either call a new election or ask B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan to assume the reins of the provincial government on behalf of his party and his coalition partner, the B.C. Green Party, led by MLA Andrew Weaver.