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 ...
John Horgan Wins Resounding Support to Lead BC New Democrats into 2017 Election Vancouver – BC NDP leader John Horgan received resounding support from Convention delegates to lead the party into the 2017 election.
“I am humbled by your support and ready for 2017,” Horgan told delegates.
A mandatory leadership review, part of the BC NDP Convention, resulted in a 95% vote of support for the leader.
In his speech to delegates earlier in the day, Horgan outlined an optimistic vision for the BC economy, one that fosters opportunity for everyone and is driven by innovation.
“The opportunity to learn, contribute, and fulfill your potential should be there for every British Columbian,” said Horgan. “Government should make your success a priority.”
But, Horgan warned the crowd, “Here’s what you need to remember about Christy Clark: your problems are only her problems when they become a political problem.”
Horgan spent much of his speech looking ahead to the 2017 election.
“Our team of candidates will be the best, and most diverse, we've ever put forwa
BC NDP Convention wraps up: Party energized and ready for 2017 Vancouver – Following a successful Convention, the BC NDP is energized and ready for the 2017 election.
“We are leaving Convention today motivated and united, with a clear path forward to victory,” said BC NDP leader John Horgan. “We are focused on strengthening the middle class, creating good jobs in every corner of BC and in every economic sector, and creating opportunities so every British Columbian can succeed.”
A number of key speakers addressed delegates over the weekend, including NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, Former Governor of Michigan Jennifer Granholm, Alberta Minister of Economic Development Deron Bilous, and a number of NDP MLA’s and MP’s.
Convention delegates debated important policy in the areas of opportunity, innovation and change. Resolutions that passed covered many topics, including increasing secondary manufacturing in BC, support for a $10/day childcare plan, taking action on the Missing Women Commission, and holding a public inquiry into the Lakeland and
Christy Clark plays politics with school upgrades in Vancouver VANCOUVER— The refusal to fund school upgrades in Vancouver shows that students are being forced to pay the price for Premier Christy Clark’s political whims, say the New Democrats.
“It’s appalling that students in the Vancouver school district will be stuck with leaking roofs and damp classrooms because the premier is playing politics rather than looking after the needs of aging school buildings in B.C.,” said New Democrat education spokesperson Rob Fleming.
“It’s clear that Premier Clark is not there for Vancouver students, parents and staff,” said Fleming. “Students in Vancouver deserve better.”
Last week, the education minister revealed a list of 109 projects at schools which would receive a portion of a $35 million capital maintenance fund. Vancouver applied for $5 million in projects but was completely shut out. The B.C. Liberal-friendly NPA school board chair expressed dismay that the Clark government could be so petty.
“Vancouver was the only district to
MLA Michelle Mungall addresses BC NDP Convention Vancouver – Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungall addressed the BC NDP Convention in Vancouver today.
Mungall spoke to delegates about the successful NDP campaign to end the BC Liberals’ mean-spirited policy that clawed back child support payments to single parents.
This hurtful BC Liberal policy took $13 million of child support each year from kids because their single parents received social assistance, entrenching the cycle of poverty.
“We worked with parents and children living this injustice,” Mungall told delegates. “In communities right across the province, people signed petitions and wrote letters because they got it. Children living in poverty is just wrong.”
The NDP #endtheclawback campaign was a success, and the BC Liberals were forced to reverse the policy in the 2015 budget.
More than 800 delegates from around the province are gathering in Vancouver for the BC NDP annual Convention. The Convention runs from Friday, November 6 to Sunday, November 8 at the Westin