The Pollcast: How will B.C.'s political drama play out?

Host Éric Grenier is joined by the CBC's Richard Zussman to break down what is happening in B.C. politics and Shachi Kurl of the Angus Reid Institute to explain what British Columbians think about it.

Host Éric Grenier is joined by the CBC's Richard Zussman and the Angus Reid Institute's Shachi Kurl

B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan, right, watches as B.C. Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver checks the time before signing an agreement to create a four-year minority government at the B.C. Legislature in Victoria May 30. (Chad Hipolito/Canadian Press)

The CBC Pollcast, hosted by CBC poll analyst Éric Grenier, explores the world of electoral politics, political polls and the trends they reveal.

More than six weeks ago, British Columbians delivered their verdict on Christy Clark's Liberal government, reducing it to a minority after 16 years in office.

Her government's survival was quickly put in doubt when the B.C. New Democrats, who finished just two seats and about 1,500 votes short of the Liberals in the May 9 election, reached an agreement with the B.C. Greens to defeat it and install NDP Leader John Horgan as premier.

The drama continues Thursday, when Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon reads the speech from the throne in the B.C. Legislature.

But the three Green MLAs give the NDP-Green alliance a majority of just one seat, raising procedural and political questions about the sustainability of such a government in the short term, let alone the four years the agreement between the two parties covers.

To break down what will happen over the next few days, Pollcast host Éric Grenier is joined by the CBC's Richard Zussman. Then, Shachi Kurl of the Angus Reid Institute explains how British Columbians view what is unfolding in Victoria.

Listen to the full discussion above — or subscribe to the CBC Pollcast and listen to past episodes.

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