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 ...
New Democrats call for legislation to protect franchisees The B.C. Liberal government should be taking more action to ensure that British Columbia franchisees are operating on a level playing field with the corporations they are partnering with, say the New Democrats.
“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, creating hundreds of thousands of jobs in this province, yet the lack of support from their provincial government means that they are often at the mercy of large franchisors,” says New Democrat finance spokesperson Carole James. “British Columbia needs legislation like they have in other provinces to ensure that these large corporations deal fairly with small businesses.
“If the Liberals aren’t prepared to introduce this type of legislation this spring, New Democrats will.”
James said the regulatory void means franchisees often have obligations to the parent company but fewer rights. Franchisors exert significant control over the small businesses, she said.
“When people buy real estate, the seller is required to d
Budget 2015: $230 million tax break for the top 2%, paid for by BC families British Columbians already stretched to their limit will face more fee and rate hikes in 2015, continue to get less in services, and pay for Premier Clark’s tax cut to the highest paid British Columbians as a result of the B.C. Liberals’ budget.
“Families are already struggling – their costs are going up and their wages are flat. As if it isn’t enough that families are being nickeled and dimed by rates and fare hikes, they are going to pay to give a break to British Columbians who need it least,” said New Democrat spokesperson on finance Carole James.
James said low and middle income earners need a break, but are instead facing another four-per-cent hike to MSP premiums, a six-per-cent hike to hydro rates, ferry fare hikes, higher tolls, park fees and ICBC rates.
“BC wages aren’t keeping up. In fact they’re falling in real terms,” said New Democrat Leader John Horgan. “Instead of giving a break to families who are struggling, the B.C. Liberals singled out the to
Christy Clark ignores families, gives top income earners a break While B.C. families are paying more for everything and wages aren’t keeping up, Christy Clark has chosen to give a $230 million tax break to B.C.’s top 2 percent of income earners, says New Democrat Leader John Horgan.
“This government is out of touch with real life for B.C. families. Today, Premier Christy Clark showed she doesn’t even know who is hurting and who needs a break. She offered no comfort for British Columbians who are struggling to get by, but she is going to cut taxes for British Columbians who make $150,000 or more,” said New Democrat leader John Horgan.
Under the B.C. Liberal government, the medical services tax has doubled, Hydro rate hikes will reach 80 percent, ferry fares and camping fees are up, while wages aren’t keeping pace.
“Families are paying more and getting less. People can’t find a family doctor, are struggling to get adequate seniors care, and the schools and hospitals they depend on are underfunded,” said Horgan.
At the same time, pa
B.C. Liberals take money from cities to pay for BCLC mistake B.C. cities that host casinos are losing revenue because of the B.C. Liberals’ botched restructuring of the B.C. Lottery Corporation, say the New Democrats.
“First, the B.C. Liberals managed to spend $28.5 million on a restructuring project that was meant to save money, and now they're passing these costs directly on to cities that had nothing to do with this screw up,” said New Democrat gaming critic David Eby. "As if people didn't pay enough municipal property tax, now they're being asked to subsidize this government's mistakes."
A complex provincial accounting trick has reduced casino profit usually paid out to cities. Of the $28.5 million lost in the restructuring – including $25 million spent on a disastrous early retirement and severance packages recently profiled in an internal government audit of BCLC – the B.C. Liberals dispersed $22.6 million in costs to casinos and gaming centres across the province, where the money was absorbed under their administrative and o