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 ...
Horgan commits to ban grizzly bear trophy hunt VANCOUVER – New Democrat leader John Horgan announced a New Democrat government will ban the trophy hunting of grizzly bears in British Columbia.
“It’s time for some leadership here,” said Horgan. “We can look after our natural environment, respect the outdoor traditions of this province and grow the economy if we make the right choices. That should start now with a change in how we treat the iconic grizzly bears of B.C.”
Horgan added, “This province has a proud outdoor heritage that includes hunting and fishing. We also have a future that includes welcoming the world to enjoy our spectacular scenery and wildlife, creating jobs for British Columbians and a tourism industry that is second to none. Our heritage and our future can thrive together if we make the right choices.”
“The Coastal First Nations banned the grizzly trophy hunt in the Great Bear Rainforest four years ago. A provincial ban is long overdue to stop the needless killing of grizzly bears for sport. Griz
B.C.’s child poverty rate unacceptable, says Horgan VANCOUVER – A report out today showing that child poverty in B.C. is consistently high and above the Canadian average is just one more symptom of a Christy Clark government that puts donors and party insiders before the best interests of British Columbians, said B.C. New Democrat Leader John Horgan.
“One in five children in British Columbia live in poverty,” said Horgan. “It’s clear that when Christy Clark talks about things being good in B.C. – she means for her friends and donors, who got a billion dollar tax cut, not for families struggling to make ends meet.”
Horgan noted that 50 per cent of children in single parent families live below the poverty line in B.C. – many of them parents who have seen the Christy Clark government claw back benefits like child support or subsidized bus passes over the last two years. Meanwhile the wealthiest two per cent of British Columbians got a billion dollar tax cut.
“New Democrats are standing up for single-parent families – we
Session that never happened shows Christy Clark campaigns when she should be putting British Columbians first VICTORIA – At the end of what would have been a fall legislative session British Columbians are wondering why important issues such as the housing crisis and the fentanyl epidemic are not being dealt with by their government, says B.C. New Democrat Leader John Horgan.
“This should have been the end of a productive fall session, but Christy Clark has been focused on her election campaign instead of the problems she's created by neglecting the most serious issues faced by people in the province," said Horgan.
“British Columbians have been waiting a long time for action on issues like fentanyl and housing.
“And they are going to have to keep waiting, because Christy Clark doesn’t want to do her job and she doesn’t want to be accountable for her failure to do her job.”
Horgan noted that Christy Clark’s housing minister promised to fix a loophole in the residential tenancy act that allows landlords to raise rents above the maximum allowable rate – or even evict tenants wit
Clark government has failed to protect B.C. softwood interests, New Democrats say VICTORIA – Friday’s announcement of potential sanctions against B.C. lumber show that Christy Clark has failed to make sure British Columbia’s interests are a priority for the federal government, say the New Democrats.
The protectionist U.S. lumber lobby has asked the U.S. Department of Commerce to set in motion actions that could lead to duties on Canadian softwood.
“Christy Clark assured workers and forest-dependent communities that she was going to personally intervene and make sure the federal government would get a new softwood lumber agreement with the U.S.,” said New Democrat Leader John Horgan. “Friday’s announcement from Washington shows this was just another in a long line of empty Christy Clark promises.
“Premier Clark said she would get softwood on the federal agenda, just like she said she’d get a world-class oil spill response on the federal agenda, just like she said she’d get improved health transfer payments on the federal agenda.
“The premier tal