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 ...
Parents, advocacy groups, and New Democrats celebrate the end of a clawback VICTORIA – Nearly 6000 children will finally keep their child support payments because parents, advocacy groups and New Democrats pressured the B.C. Liberals to stop clawing back their much needed support.
“If it wasn’t for families stepping forward to share their struggles publicly, the Liberal government would have continued taking child support money that rightfully belonged to kids,” said Michelle Mungall, New Democrat spokesperson for social development. “Ending this harmful policy is an important step towards reducing child poverty across the province.”
Mungall successfully worked with families and advocates for more than a year, calling on the Liberals to end the child support clawback that took $13 million from children whose parents received social assistance. The policy was changed earlier this year, and takes effect on Sept 1.
“This was a hard fought battle, but there are still other clawbacks that contribute to child poverty,” said Mungall, “We hope that
British Columbians working for minimum wage deserve better, says NDP VICTORIA – New Democrat spokesperson for Economic Development, Jobs, Labour and Skills, Shane Simpson, released the following statement on the dismal $0.20 increase to the minimum wage that went into effect Tuesday:
“For British Columbians feeling squeezed by endless rate hikes and fee increases under Premier Christy Clark, her dismal $0.20 increase to the minimum wage will barely make a dent. British Columbians deserve better.
“People working full time jobs should not be living in in poverty, yet the current minimum wage still leaves full-time workers $6,000 below the poverty line. These people are working hard but barely making it by financially.
“New Democrats understand that families are facing financial challenges in their daily lives and that British Columbians deserve an economy where everyone benefits, not just the people at the top.
"The $0.20 increase is paltry by anyone's standards. Reducing inequality needs to be a priority, but Premier Clark isn’t there for B
British Columbians deserve better than the premier’s four years of broken LNG promises This week marks the four-year anniversary of Christy Clark’s broken LNG promises.
In September 2011, the premier began promising that LNG would bring a windfall of jobs and riches to the province and that an LNG plant would be up-and-running by 2015.
Christy Clark Promise: “At least one LNG pipeline and terminal online by 2015 and have three in operation by 2020” (B.C. Jobs Plan, September 2011)
Fact: Since then, not one single LNG plant has been built in British Columbia and not one single proposal has reached a final investment decision. Christy Clark’s only accomplishment on LNG has been to sign a project development agreement with Petronas that locks in low tax rates for 25-years.
Christy Clark Election Promise: The premier said “It’s No fantasy,” claiming the plants promised in 2011 “mean 39,000 jobs to British Columbia during construction with another 75,000 full time jobs created once in operation.” (BC Liberal Party 2013 Platform)
Fact: The Petronas LNG projec
Op-ed: Labour Day Means Supporting Workers Every Day By New Democrat spokesperson on labour Shane Simpson
Labour Day is a day to celebrate the achievements of working people, and to renew our efforts to make things better. B.C.’s New Democrats are dedicated to making changes that support workers, ensuring they have good working conditions and get paid a fair wage.
Labour Day has its origins in the union movement’s fight for the eight-hour work day. Throughout their history and still today, labour unions have fought to raise the standard of living for their members, which pulls up the wages and working conditions for everybody else, and have also fought for social legislation that helps everyone.
For example, because of programs like universal health care and old age retirement, today we’re thankful that Canadians know there’s a safety net to take care of us when we get sick or too old to work. Unions and the New Democrats worked together to create these government programs, and we’re still working together to protect and expand