Dix believes budget will pass
There has been some speculation as to whether the B.C. Liberal budget, set to be introduced on Tuesday, Feb. 19, might be defeated, thereby possibly sparking an early election.
The Liberals were elected in 2009 with a 13-member majority. Today, that gap has bee reduced to five.
Even if the budget was put to a vote and defeated, it would be left to Lieut.-Gov. Judy Guichon to decide whether to order an immediate election or simply carry on with the scheduled May 14 vote.
B.C. NDP Leader Adrian Dix, during a visit to Kamloops on Friday, Feb. 15, said he doesn't expect anything surprising to occur next week.
"The Liberal party has a majority in the legislature," he said.
"They've got a majority, so I assume the Liberal members of the legislature will support the Liberal party government on its budget
There is a lot of, shall we say, angst, it appears, in the Liberal party. But, that's their issue. All we can do is do what we're doing."
Dix also spoke on the recent B.C. Liberal Throne Speech, comments that can be heard by watching the accompanying video.