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 ...
Christy Clark wants families to go into more debt instead of fixing the housing crisis VICTORIA – Instead of taking real action to bring down the cost of homes for young families struggling with record debt levels, the Christy Clark government is encouraging people to take second mortgages for down payments, says B.C. New Democrat housing spokesperson David Eby.
"People can't afford housing because Christy Clark sat on her hands for two years while prices spiraled out of control," said Eby. "Now, instead of taking action to fix the problem by increasing the supply of affordable housing, Christy Clark thinks that first time homebuyers should get two mortgages instead of one.”
Christy Clark’s plan for first time home buyers doesn’t do anything to help affordability. Instead, it puts young people who are already facing record levels of debt further into debt, while rewarding developers and speculators, many of whom are big donors to the B.C. Liberal party.
“Christy Clark's early Christmas present to Bob Rennie won't make homes more affordable, it will cause prices
Christy Clark’s too little, too late approach to drug crisis is costing British Columbians VANCOUVER – November’s shocking report on deaths from drug overdoses is a stark demonstration of the effect of Christy Clark’s too little, too late approach to the drug overdose crisis that has been rapidly rising in B.C. for the past three years, say New Democrats.
“Health officials issued a warning in 2013 about how fentanyl related deaths were set to quadruple over the previous year. It’s shocking that it’s taken the province over three years to step up and take action to help first responders and those dealing directly with overdoses,” said Sue Hammell, New Democrat spokesperson for mental health and addictions. “Christy Clark still doesn’t realize that without the organized and readily available treatment options that users and addicts need, this crisis will continue to be fueled by people who can’t stop using drugs and recreational users. It’s her job to make treatment available for all British Columbians, and today’s death toll numbers prove that she is f
Christy Clark’s “real world” VICTORIA – Christy Clark thinks that anyone who disagrees with her plan to sink young people deeper into debt to buy unaffordable homes "probably don't live in the real world."
Here is what Christy Clark's real world is like:
A $50,000 salary "top up” from the B.C. Liberal party, on top of her $190,000 public salary as premier
Owning a $1.7 million home, renting a second house in Kelowna, and renting a third house in Vancouver at $5,000+ per month
Spending $923,000 on her own personal photographers
Spending over $500,000 on private chartered planes
Spending $15 million on a self-promotional ad campaign paid for by B.C. taxpayersMeanwhile, thanks to Christy Clark, ordinary British Columbians’ real world is getting less and less affordable. Since she became premier:
24 per cent increase in MSP, with another 10 per cent increase coming January 1 for couples without children at home
36 per cent increase in ICBC premiums, with up to 42 per cent more by 2020
30 per cent
Christy Clark’s affordability crisis cuts into charitable giving VICTORIA – British Columbians’ ability to give to charities has dropped dramatically since Christy Clark became premier five years ago, says Carole James, New Democrat spokesperson for finance.
“Christy Clark let the housing market get out of control. She’s raised the MSP tax, hydro rates and ICBC premiums every year. And she gave a $1 billion tax cut to the richest two per cent of income earners,” said James. “Now people are saying that the main reason they are giving less – or nothing at all – to their favourite charities is because they can’t afford to.”
James was referring to Vancity’s report which said that five years ago 74 per cent of all British Columbians gave to charity. Today, that number has dropped to 59 per cent, and the average donation has fallen nine per cent. Survey respondents named housing affordability, stagnant incomes and the rising cost of living as their top financial concerns.
“During the two years that Christy Clark refused to believe