(David Eby and family with John Horgan)

A date has been set.

David Eby will be sworn in as British Columbia’s new premier by Lt.-Gov. Janet Austin on November 18th.

The announcement came one day after John Horgan met with the Honourable Janet Austin, to hand in his resignation in which she accepted.

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Eby, who became premier-designate last week, will become BC’s 37th premier. The ceremony will take place at Government House, with further details to be provided soon.

In a media release, the premier’s office says the November break of the fall legislative session will be extended leading up to the swearing-in, and Eby will meet the assembly as premier in the week of November 21st.

Eby has already unveiled his transition team as he prepares to take over from John Horgan, which includes former NDP finance minister Carole James and First Nations negotiator Doug White.

Horgan’s resignation will not take effect until Eby is officially sworn into office.

Following the announcement, Adam Olsen, MLA for Saanich North and the Islands and House Leader for the BC Green Caucus has issued a statement stating the timing is unacceptable.

“What is taking so long to get the premier up and running? This is completely unacceptable, there is no reason why there should be a month-long delay in transition,” said Olsen.

“He has been absent from the House and now he’s cutting a week of session, it is increasingly looking like premier designate David Eby does not want to be asked questions or be held accountable.”

Olsen then pointed to other elections where leaders were sworn in much sooner.

“It took Rishi Sunak three days to be sworn in and become U.K. Prime Minister and stand to be held accountable in their House. Alberta Premier Danielle Smith won a leadership vote on October 6th and was sworn in on October 11th,” said Olson.

“It is deeply disappointing that now he has the top job he is reluctant to take his seat, get to work, and be held accountable.”

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