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 ...
B.C. Liberal Minister withheld evidence in government probe New Democrats revealed emails showing B.C. Liberal Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk deliberately breaking executive compensation rules and withholding evidence from a government probe ordered by Finance Minister Mike De Jong.
When questioned, the Minister was unable to explain why this information was withheld.
“Minister Virk was part of a plan to break government compensation and disclosure rules, and then he withheld this key evidence from a government investigation while sitting in cabinet as the minister responsible for enforcing those rules,” said New Democrat leader John Horgan.
Horgan and the B.C. New Democrats revealed the information in the legislature on Monday.
The emails from April 2011 show that Virk approved a scheme to break executive compensation limits for a Kwantlen Polytechnic University executive, former Vice President Anne Lavak. This is not reflected in the government’ s internal review into the conduct of Minister Virk, which cleared Virk of having a
B.C. Liberals break promise and reinstate course fees for adult learners The B.C. Liberals broke their promise to provide free upgrading courses to adult learners by announcing that British Columbians who are upgrading their courses to qualify for post-secondary will now have to pay hundreds of dollars.
“You can’t take the Liberals at their word. They said they’d provide these courses to adults for free, but now they’re putting up roadblocks for thousands of people across the province,” said New Democrat advanced education spokesperson Kathy Corrigan.
“The previous advanced education minister was all smiles in 2007, so where’s the current minister today to take responsibility for the total reversal? Minister Virk seems nowhere to be found.”
New Democrats were responding today to the B.C. Liberals’ announcement that the policy they announced in 2007 to provide high school upgrading courses for free was being canceled.
People seeking to upgrade any of their high school courses to qualify for post-secondary will now have to pay out-of-pocke
New Democrats force government to reinstate Christmas dinner for seniors and family members Outcry from the Official Opposition and New Democrat leader John Horgan forced the B.C. Liberals to admit they were wrong in their uncaring decision to limit the number of guests seniors could bring to Christmas dinner at Vancouver Island care homes.
“The opposition brought this issue to the legislature after learning that the B.C. Liberals were only allowing a fraction of residents at seniors’ care homes on Vancouver Island to bring a family member to Christmas dinner,” said New Democrat leader John Horgan.
“Their Scrooge-like policy hurt seniors and their families, and we knew it needed it change. We only hope that the minister of health doesn’t do what he did on flu shots for seniors – promise one thing inside the legislature, and then do the complete opposite outside of it.”
New Democrats are celebrating the victory for seniors after learning that Trillium Lodge and other seniors’ facilities were instructed to allow all residents to bring family members to Christmas
BC New Democrats launch campaign to fight Clark's attempt to muzzle non-profit groups Earlier this morning, the BC New Democrats launched a campaign at DontMuzzleBC.ca to fight proposed changes to the Society Act that would effectively muzzle non-profits and suppress free debate in British Columbia.
The BC Liberals are proposing to allow nearly anyone to file a complaint with the BC Supreme Court if they believe a non-profit group is “carrying on activities that are detrimental to the public interest.”
In an email to New Democrat supporters, Leader John Horgan outlined the potential impact of this policy:
“The changes would allow private interests to sue environmental and community groups just for opposing their projects, tying those groups up in expensive court battles. Environmental organizations, neighbourhood associations, churches, you name it -- they could all find themselves targeted if Clark’s plan goes through.
The potential impact of this policy is chilling. It could effectively muzzle free expression and public debate across British Columbia, striking