The New Democratic Party of British Columbia (BC NDP) is a social-democratic political party in British Columbia, Canada. The party currently forms the official opposition to the governing British Columbia Liberal Party following the 2009 provincial election in British Columbia.
The BC NDP is the provincial arm of the New Democratic Party of Canada. Unlike other parties in Canada, where provincial and federal politics are strictly separated and members of one are not necessarily members of the other, NDP members are members of both the federal party and the provincial party.
Leader: Adrian Dix
President: Moe Sihota
Ideology: Social democracy
Le Nouveau Parti démocratique de la Colombie-Britannique est un parti politique ...
B.C. New Democrats have selected Adrian Dix as their new leader, embracing his agenda to reach out to disaffected voters as the key to defeating Liberal Premier Christy Clark in a provincial election that could come as early as this fall.
The second-term MLA and onetime chief of staff under former NDP premier Glen Clark mapped out an agenda to raise taxes on banks and big corporations to finance social programs – an approach he said will sharply define the party from its Liberal rivals. He narrowly defeated Mike Farnworth, who had offered a more centrist vision for leadership, with ...
...to legislature to reverse arts cuts
NDP Leader Carole James and three other NDP MLAs have submitted petitions in the legislature signed by constituents opposed to arts cutbacks.
James, who represents Victoria-Beacon Hill, told the House yesterday that her petition was signed by 2,290 people.
Stikine NDP MLA Doug Donaldson's petition had 843 signatures and Cariboo North NDP MLA Bob Simpson's petition had 224 signatures.
Vancouver-West End MLA Spencer Herbert told the Straight that his petition was signed by 1,200 people.
"What really impressed me in going through the names is that ...
The British Columbia New Democrats are rejecting federal Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff call for B.C. politicians to ask Prime Minister Stephen Harper questions about national issues during his historic visit to the legislature.
"Well I think Mr. Ignatieff knows those questions could be asked outside the legislature, " says B.C. NDP Leader Carole James, speaking in Victoria.
Ignatieff has ridiculed Harper for shutting down Parliament in Ottawa but being willing to speak in the B.C. legislature.
The Legislative Assembly in Victoria had been prorogued itself until the throne speech two days ...
BC New Democrats take action to include all British Columbians in the economy VICTORIA – At a time when many British Columbians are seeing B.C. Liberal policies benefit only the rich, New Democrats are introducing legislation aimed at tackling poverty and creating economic inclusion in the province.
If passed, the Poverty Reduction and Economic Inclusion Act would mandate government to develop a poverty reduction strategy within one year, and legislate specific targets and timelines to reduce poverty and the impact it has on families.
“Record high food bank usage, many seniors unable to afford shelter, and stubbornly high child poverty rates show that our economy is not benefiting many B.C. families,” said Michelle Mungall, B.C. New Democrat spokesperson for social development. “We clearly need legislation that will result in government action and accountability.”
This will be the fifth time since 2011 that B.C. New Democrats have introduced legislation to tackle poverty. Mungall noted that if the B.C. Liberals had passed the act earlier, policies such
BC New Democrats celebrate Earth Day VICTORIA – B.C. New Democrat leader John Horgan released the following statement in advance of Earth Day on April 22:
“Earth Day is an opportunity to remind ourselves of our shared duty to protect the air, land, and water of British Columbia. That means committing to a real plan to address climate change. It means taking action to protect habitat for B.C.’s wildlife. And it means standing up to a government that is failing in its duty to protect our clean water.
“In Shawnigan Lake, the Christy Clark government is putting the drinking water of more than 12,000 people at risk by allowing a company to dump 100,000 tonnes of contaminated soil uphill from the community’s water source. In Spallumcheen, the Christy Clark government is allowing a farm operation to spray liquid manure on property above the local aquifer, causing a water-quality advisory to be issued for the community. In Prince Rupert and many other communities throughout British Columbia, there are widespread concern
New Democrat statement on the Day of Mourning VICTORIA – John Horgan, leader of the B.C. New Democrats, issued the following statement on the Day of Mourning for B.C. workers who have lost their lives on the job:
“Today we will lower the flag at the B.C. legislature to half-mast. And inside the legislature, MLAs will observe a moment of silence.
“I feel a heaviness that comes with knowing how many others join us in observing the annual Day of Mourning, because they have colleagues, friends and loved ones whose lives were cut short or forever marked by workplace accidents. It is my sincere wish to say: I wish none of us had to suffer these tragedies.
“Each week in B.C., roughly four workers lose their lives and another 125 sustain permanent injuries.
“As much as this is a day to remember those who have lost their lives on the job, it is also a call to protect the living. We the New Democrats are honouring the Day of Mourning by reaffirming our commitment to prevent future workplace fatalities, life-altering injuries and o
New Democrats seek provincial honour for military service VICTORIA – Maurine Karagianis, New Democrat MLA for Esquimalt-Royal Roads, re-introduced a bill today that would create a provincial honour for British Columbians who have served in our country’s military.
“This bill would create the Military Service Pin that would recognize British Columbian men and women who have served in wartime, dangerous peacekeeping missions and vital domestic operations abroad and here in our own nation or province,” said Karagianis.
British Columbians who are current or retired members of the regular or reserved armed forces would receive a certificate signed by the Lieutenant Governor, as well as a pin intended to be worn on civilian clothing.
Veterans visited the legislature today to show their support for the bill.
“This Military Service Pin symbolizes the gratitude of the Crown and the people of British Columbia for those who have served with honour and valour,” said Karagianis.
This honour was first introduced in Saskatchewan and has since bee