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 must explain role in provoking school strikes VICTORIA— Christy Clark must release documents detailing the role she played in provoking strikes at B.C. schools, say B.C.'s New Democrats.
“The B.C. Liberal government was caught trying to provoke a full-scale strike in B.C. schools,” said New Democrat leader Adrian Dix. “Premier Clark needs to release the documents that show the government's meddling and apologize to the public for her plan to throw children, their families and our school system into chaos for political gain.”
After examining evidence from cabinet documents the B.C. Supreme Court found that the B.C. Liberal government was deliberately trying to provoke a full-scale strike at B.C. schools in the lead up to the last election.
A child who entered kindergarten when Christy Clark was first made education minister will graduate this year having spent all their years in school in larger classes with fewer supports because of her unconstitutional legislation.
“We have written to Premier Clark, asking her to rele
Backgrounder: Unregulated Recovery Homes Chronology 2002
The B.C. Liberal government deregulated supportive recovery homes, eliminating any minimum standards of care. Previously, recovery homes were licensed the same way as care homes for seniors, which continue to be regulated.
After complaints from local governments and increased media coverage about unregulated recovery homes, the Ministry of Health announced a task force to review the issue and promised to take action. However, no report stemming from this review was ever tabled and no action was taken.
Government promised to: “develop a registration process for recovery houses…[to] ensure that supportive recovery homes meet basic health and safety standards, and that a complaints-based regulatory model is available to residents.” (B.C. Government response to UBCM resolution on recovery homes)
Three years after their broken promise of 2006, the B.C. Liberals promised again – right before the provincial election – to take action on recovery homes and bring in a ne
Civil forfeiture program must be reviewed, say New Democrats VICTORIA – B.C.’s civil forfeiture program must be reviewed in order to ensure it is transparent and accountable, say B.C.’s New Democrats.
“The civil forfeiture program must be credible in order to achieve what it was designed to do – help stop organized crime and seize the proceeds of those crimes,” said public safety critic Kathy Corrigan.
“While the intention of the civil forfeiture program as a tool in the fight against organized crime is positive, there have been a number of recent criticisms about the application of the law.”
The concerns include whether there has been fairness in cases where government has confiscated property from people who either have been found not guilty or haven’t been charged with any crime.
Corrigan noted that B.C. has been among the most active of the provinces in pursuing property and cash through civil forfeitures. Even though B.C.’s Civil Forfeiture Office was created three years after Ontario’s, B.C. has collected $2-million
B.C. Liberals fail to take action on unregulated recovery homes Backgrounder: Unregulated Recovery Homes Chronology
SURREY - The B.C. Liberal government must act now to reverse their damaging decision to deregulate recovery homes, say New Democrats.
“The B.C. Liberals threw the recovery home system into chaos when they deregulated them in 2002, and since then they have failed to fix the problems they created,” said New Democrat critic for mental health and addictions Sue Hammell.
“While they said in 2006, and again in 2009, and again in 2011, that they were working on a certification process, still these homes operate without regulation. And still, unscrupulous operators are taking advantage of a weak system,” said Hammell, MLA for Surrey-Green Timbers.
Hammell joined MLAs Bruce Ralston (Surrey-Whalley) and Harry Bains (Surrey-Newton) in calling on the B.C. Liberal government to immediately fix seven years of broken promises by appropriately regulating recovery homes.
Regulating recovery homes is one part of the Surrey Accord proposed by