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 ...
Reality Check: B.C. seniors need an advocate more than ever VICTORIA – After a long delay and relentless public pressure, the B.C. Liberals have finally announced that they’ve posted the job for the much-needed seniors advocate.
The job posting couldn't have come soon enough, as seniors in our province need an advocate more than ever. The B.C. Liberals' uncaring cuts and fee increases are making life harder for B.C. seniors.
Here are just a few of the recent failures of the B.C. Liberals on caring for seniors:
Cuts to discounts on B.C. Ferries
The B.C. Liberals showed they care more about gambling and slot machines than affordability for seniors when they announced on Monday that seniors fare discounts at B.C. Ferries would be slashed.
Christy Clark's wheelchair tax
Immediately after the election, Premier Clark implemented an uncaring wheelchair tax on seniors who rely on them for their mobility and quality of life.
Midnight hospital discharges
Health minister Terry Lake and Premier Christy Clark refused to take responsibility and claimed n
Health minister needs to answer questions on substance of Fraser Health review VICTORIA – Health Minister Terry Lake needs to answer questions about what will be included – and who will be consulted - in the upcoming review of the Fraser Health Authority, say New Democrats.
“There have been a number of troubling incidents at Fraser Health hospitals over the last few months that shed light on the urgent issues of hospital overcrowding, emergency room wait times and inadequate staffing levels,” said New Democrat health critic Judy Darcy. “Despite what the minister says, these issues are more than hiccups – they are pervasive issues that require a clear and comprehensive action plan.”
Only after public pressure from residents and health care providers did the Liberals announce that a strategic and operational review of the Fraser Health Authority would be conducted. But the integrity of the review has already been called into question with the appointment of the head of the Fraser Health Board as the co-chair of the review panel.
Darcy noted she is pa
HandyDART services suffering as Liberals stall on TransLink VANCOUVER– Transit services for people with disabilities in the Lower Mainland are becoming less accessible, but the Liberal government continues to stall instead of fixing the escalating service pressures at TransLink.
“Denials of HandyDART transit services have risen seven-fold in five years, resulting in more than 100 people each day asking for a ride and not getting one," said New Democrat TransLink critic George Heyman.
“Public transit should be available to everyone who needs it. This unacceptable level of access is just another example of how the Liberal government is failing Lower Mainland transit users.”
Heyman said the government is failing to show leadership and give Lower Mainland transit the immediate attention it needs. Instead, the Liberals have continued to reject funding suggestions from mayors, including the use of the carbon tax towards transit funding, and put off decisions until after a referendum – effectively stalling any improvements until 2015 at the
Liberals target independent voices in secretive core review VICTORIA– The B.C. Liberal government is continuing down the road of silencing independent voices and bringing decision-making closer to the cabinet table with changes to the Pacific Carbon Trust and the Provincial Capital Commission under the core review, say New Democrats.
“The government is saying this is a decision about money, but the truth is there is a lot of other low-hanging fruit in this government. If the Liberals are serious about cutting waste in government, the first thing on the chopping block should have been excessive government advertising and bloated executive salaries at B.C. Ferries,” said New Democrat core review critic Shane Simpson.
“Ignoring these obvious first steps doesn’t give me confidence that the government has learned its lessons from its first disastrous core review. Instead, they're using this review as a cover to make major changes to how decisions are made in this province, concentrating power in cabinet where, frankly, they haven't done a