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. Liberals failing to protect privacy, except their own A report released today shows that the B.C. Liberals are working hard to frustrate the public’s access to information about government activities, but failing to protect their privacy, say the New Democrats.
“The annual report from the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner shows that this government continues to make the same mistakes,” said New Democrat citizens’ services critic George Heyman.
“They continue to fail to ensure the privacy of British Columbians is protected. Meanwhile, they continue to delay and deny legitimate freedom of information requests to avoid public scrutiny.”
The report found that privacy breaches increased again this year, and have risen by 56 per cent in the past five years. At the same time, time extension delay requests by public bodies, which stall the freedom of information process, have gone up 123 per cent in the last two years, while complaints about access to information have gone up by 53 per cent in the last year alone.
Liberals gouge B.C. families to pad government accounts The release of Public Accounts today shows that the majority of the tabled surplus is actually a result of the B.C. Liberal government gouging B.C. families with increased fees and licencing costs, say the New Democrats.
“This government says they are bringing in a modest surplus, but what they aren’t telling the public is that it’s the result of charging hard-working British Columbians more for things like Medical Service Premiums,” said New Democrat finance critic Mike Farnworth.
“Families are already stretched to the limit when it comes to affording the basic necessities, yet this government thinks it’s completely acceptable to gouge hard-working people with increased fees across the board.”
Farnworth was responding today to the release of Public Accounts from the 2013-14 financial year. The report shows that 86 per cent, or $303 million, of the government’s published surplus of $353 million was derived from an “Increase in fees and licenses.”
“The fee increa
Energy program won’t offset 28 per cent hydro hike families being forced to pay by B.C. Liberals The B.C. Liberals’ new energy program won’t do enough to help families who are struggling to afford the Liberals’ 28 per cent hydro rate hike, say the New Democrats.
“Hard-working families across British Columbia are struggling to make ends meet because of this government’s endless cost increases,” said New Democrat leader John Horgan. “This new tinkering won’t do much for the average family being gouged with a 28 per cent increase in their electricity bill.”
Horgan was responding to the B.C. Liberals' announcement of a new makeshift energy rebate program, which won't help low-income families who can't afford new appliances in the first place.
He noted that because of the Liberal government’s massive hydro rate increases, many homeowners will not see substantial benefit from the initiative. He added that for those that do, the benefits simply don’t go far enough.
A more effective way of helping low-income families was proposed by Horgan in the spring legislativ
B.C. Liberal whitewash of Lottery CEO conflict not acceptable The B.C. Liberal attempt to whitewash the departing B.C. Lottery Corporation CEO’s clear conflict of interest and golden deal on the taxpayers’ dime is not acceptable, say the New Democrats.
“An internal Liberal government audit shows what any thoughtful person already knew: that Michael Graydon acted in clear conflict of interest when he negotiated a deal with his new employer, an affiliate of Paragon Gaming, starting two months before he told the BCLC board,” said New Democrat gaming critic Shane Simpson. “And when Graydon left his position, he was awarded approximately $125,000 in severance and vacation pay and performance bonuses, and was given his government laptop, iPhone, and iPad. This all happened when arguably he should have been fired with cause.”
It is against the government’s own rules to give severance pay to an employee who quits their job, Simpson added.
“Despite the findings of the audit, the Liberals have no interest in trying to recoup the money or