British Columbians are waking up today knowing who will finally be running the province — for a little while, at least.NDP Leader John Horgan announced Thursday evening that he will become the next premier, following a tumultuous day that saw Christy Clark’s B.C. Liberals fall in a 44-42 vote of non-confidence.The timeline for what happens next is still uncertain. A date has yet to be set for the swearing in of B.C.’s 36th premier.The longevity and success of his term will depend on the strength of the agreement between Horgan and Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver, who has pledged his caucus’s support to Horgan on matters of confidence.It also rests on a razor-thin majority of 44 NDP and Green MLAs to the Liberals’ 43.Vigilance chief further said the Bureau would ensure and maintain high ethical standards, integrity and honesty among its personnel in accordance with fundamental principles of service rules and legal system. He has asked the public as well as all honest public servants to help the VB in its anti-corruption drive in the state and inform the Bureau on its toll free helpline 1800-1800-1000 from 8.00 am to 8.00 pm if any public servant demands bribe. Once Horgan is sworn in, one of his first challenges will be finding someone to serve as Speaker, following Liberal Speaker Steve Thomson’s resignation on Thursday after the non-confidence vote. In the event of a tie vote, the Speaker traditionally votes in the interest of continuing debate, but at final reading will generally vote against new legislation.
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