Four-year deal between N.B. Tories, smaller party ideal for stability: Higgs

The leader of the Progressive Conservatives in New Brunswick says a four-year agreement with one of the smaller political parties would help create stability in a province stuck with a deadlocked result from last week's election.

The Tories, led by Blaine Higgs, won 22 seats in the legislature, one more than the Liberals. Neither party has enough seats for a majority. However, Liberal Premier Brian Gallant has said he intends to continue governing as both leaders try to gain support from the third parties holding the balance of power.

On Monday, Higgs met with the Green party Leader David Coon and emerged to say the parties share some common policy areas, such as improving the openness of government.

He also said the Greens are interested in a four-year agreement like the one in British Columbia between the NDP and the Green party, which states the agreement is in effect ``until the next fixed-date election.''

Though the B.C. agreement doesn't guarantee the support of the Greens, it sets out a series of guidelines on how the two parties will work together, and it requires the minority government to hold a referendum on proportional representation.

Higgs said the document is ``maybe more thorough than something,'' his party would sign, but added he'll see where talks go with the Green leader.