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 ...
Fifty days after Mount Polley tailings pond failure, many questions remain It’s been 50 days since the Mount Polley tailings pond failure and the community of Likely has more questions than answers, say B.C.’s New Democrats.
“Fifty days after the unprecedented tailings pond disaster in Likely, the cameras are gone, the media is gone and the government is gone,” said New Democrat Leader John Horgan. “And people are left wondering what happened, and what happens next?”
Horgan was in Likely and the region earlier this week, meeting with people and businesses and touring the mine site.
“I spoke with people in the area who have a wide range of concerns: from the toxins in their water to possible effects on the salmon run which communities and First Nations depend upon,” said Horgan. “And they are getting no answers from the B.C. Liberal government.”
Horgan added that the spill poses a huge risk to future resource development in the region.
“We need good resource jobs, which are good for B.C. But we need resource development done right,” sai
Horgan Demands Approved LNG Projects Meet Four Key Principles that Benefit British Columbians Any LNG projects developed in BC should only be allowed to proceed if they expressly guarantee good-paying jobs and training opportunitiesfor BC workers, and benefits for families and communities in every part of the province, said BC New Democrat leader John Horgan in his speech to the Union of BC Municipalities today in Whistler.
The jobs and training guarantee is one of four guiding principles Horgan laid out for any LNG projects to move forward in British Columbia. And he’s calling on the Clark government to make sure each proponent commits to these principles, or move on to the next proposal.
Horgan’s second principle call for British Columbians to receive a fair return for the resource that belongs to them. Third, that government respects and makes partners of First Nations and recognizes their right to a share in any the benefits that may flow from LNG. Finally, that our air, water and land must be protected, and British Columbia’s LNG industry must be the cleanest it can
Report shows Premier’s Office continues to delete emails to avoid oversight British Columbians have a right to know what Premier Clark’s highly paid staff are doing with their time after a Freedom of Information (FOI) report showed they continue to deliberately delete emails to avoid public oversight, say the New Democrats.
The report, from the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner, examined FOIs asking for emails sent or received by senior-ranking B.C. Liberal government officials on a specific day or over two days. The Premier’s Office claimed that there were no records matching the request.
“It’s simply not plausible that not a single email of any public interest was sent by senior officials in the Premier Clark’s office over two days,” said New Democrat citizen’s services spokesperson Doug Routley.
Routley noted that the day the report came out, the Official Opposition received an entirely blanked out FOI back from the B.C. Liberal minister responsible for FOIs.
“As proof of just how secretive the Liberal government has become
Will Premier Clark live up to her commitment to Likely businesses? Businesses that operate in the region near the Mount Polley mine are still waiting for Christy Clark to live up to her commitment to help deal with the damage resulting from the devastating tailings pond spill in early August.
“The premier gathered a collection of cameras to do a photo-op at Likely shortly after the spill, and she promised local business owners they could count on her to help,” said New Democrat spokesperson for mining Norm Macdonald. “But once the cameras were turned off, the premier apparently forgot about that commitment.
“Meanwhile, there are small businesses who are looking at a potential collapse of their livelihoods and they have had no assistance from their government. That’s completely unacceptable.”
The spill from the tailings pond at Imperial Metals Mount Polley mine spilled an estimated 25 million cubic metres of effluent into surrounding waterways. While the full impact of the spill on the once-pristine wilderness is not yet known, at least fou