Adrian Dix is a Canadian politician, serving as the MLA for Vancouver-Kingsway in British Columbia and as leader of the British Columbia New Democratic Party. He was first elected to the Legislative Assembly in the 2005 provincial election.
Fluently bilingual, Dix lived in France as a young man and then worked in Ottawa for NDP MP Ian Waddell. He then worked as the executive director of Canadian Parents for French in B.C./Yukon. Then from 1996 to 1999, he served as Chief of Staff to Premier Glen Clark. He was forced to resign from that position after it was revealed that he had produced a memo and then back-dated it while marking it with an official Executive Office of the Premier stamp in an effort to make it appear that Clark had instructed him to keep him at arms-length from the process of awarding casino licences, something Dix has repeatedly apologized for.
Member of the Legislative Assembly
Since 2005, Dix has served as the MLA for Vancouver-Kingsway. He first served as the opposition critic for Children and Families and then served as the Health critic.He served his constituents by opposing the closing of Carleton Elementary School.
Leader of the BC NDP
Dix ultimately won the BC NDP leadership vote in the third and final round against Mike Farnworth, garnering 52% of the vote.
Since becoming BC NDP leader, Dix's poll numbers have consistently been higher than his competitors, suggested that he could become Premier if an election were held now.
Dix was born in Vancouver to parents Ken and Hilda, immigrants from Ireland and Britain, respectively. His parents ran the Dix Insurance Agency Ltd. on West 41st Avenue in Vancouver. Growing up in Vancouver, Dix was raised as an Anglican and attended Point Grey Secondary in the 1980s. He then went on to study history and political science at the University of British Columbia. Dix has two siblings, including a brother who is a businessman and entrepreneur, living in East Vancouver. Dix lives in Vancouver with his wife Renée Saklikar, a poet and writer. Dix is known for keeping in shape in order to manage his Type-1 diabetes, with which he was diagnosed in his 20s.