British Columbia’s Liberal Government was defeated in a Non-Confidence vote, as expected, paving the way for the left-leaning new democrats to rule the Western Canadian Province for the first time in 16 years.

The prospect of such a government has unnerved investors in Canada’s third-most populous Province, not least owners of Oil and Gas projects such as Kinder Morgan inc’s 7.4 billion dollars trans mountain pipeline expansion project, which the New Democrats have vowed to halt.

Seven weeks after a knife-edge election, New Democratic Party Lawmakers, backed by the Green Party, used their Majority of 44 in the 87-member legislature to introduce a non-confidence amendment in the Liberal Government’s throne speech.

British Columbia Premier Christy Clark is expected to inform the Province’s Nominal Head, Lieutenant-Governor Judith Guichon, that she will resign. Guichon is then expected to invite NDP leader John Horgan to form a government.