BC Liberal MLA Darryl Plecas (Abbotsford South) has been acclaimed as Speaker of the House.
Plecas’ about-turn on the issue has come as a disappointment to the Liberals as it takes pressure off the NDP.
BC Liberal Interim Opposition Leader Rich Coleman said in a statement that his party was disappointed in Plecas’ decision to become Speaker.
He added: “Every member of the Legislative Assembly has the right to run for the position of Speaker. And every member has an obligation to conduct themselves in a fashion that honours their position as an elected representative.
“On several occasions, Mr. Plecas has made clear to me and the BC Liberal Caucus that he would not seek the Office of Speaker. We took him at his word and believed that he would stand by his commitment.”
Andrew Weaver, Leader of the B.C. Green Party, said: “Darryl is known by his colleagues in the Legislature as a person of exceptional ethics and high moral standards. He will undoubtedly serve with dignity and honour as Speaker of this House.
“Darryl’s willingness to stand for Speaker is an encouraging sign that the MLAs of all parties will be able to work together in a productive, collaborative session. We have an historic opportunity to work across party lines to advance good public policy that serves the interests of British Columbians. I look forward to finally getting on with the business of the Legislature to do just that.”