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 ...
Christy Clark leaves children in mental health crisis facing 200-day waitlist VANCOUVER – A report from the Representative for Children and Youth shows that the Christy Clark government is failing children and families in mental health crisis, say B.C. New Democrats.
“In Christy Clark’s B.C. vulnerable children are not a priority. It’s even worse for Aboriginal children, who are forced to navigate fragmented services which often have higher waitlists than the services targeted towards other children,” said New Democrat leader John Horgan.
“It’s like a game of snakes and ladders, families move up a ladder, only to be sent tumbling back down to square one,” added New Democrat spokesperson for children and families Melanie Mark.
The representative’s report, Tragedy in Waiting: How B.C.’s mental health system failed one First Nations youth, reveals a system struggling to offer basic services to children in need through the story of a child who committed suicide after he was unable to access basic mental health services.
“Every parent hopes th
Premier offers little substance to First Nations Gathering VICTORIA – A gathering of B.C.’s First Nations leaders and the government offered little in the way of substance from Premier Christy Clark, say the B.C. New Democrats.
Designed to create open dialogue between the Crown and First Nations, the meeting left many in attendance feeling like Christy Clark is simply out of touch.
“Christy Clark has promised to work on reconciliation before and her failure to live up to those promises is not lost on anyone,” said B.C. New Democrat leader John Horgan.
“She either doesn’t listen or doesn’t care.”
“Christy Clark thinks throwing a little money at an economic development strategy will fix everything, but reconciliation will only be born of respect,” said Scott Fraser, New Democrat spokesperson for aboriginal relations and reconciliation, who attended the gathering. “Many of these leaders feel they are not respected and with good reason. Their children and families aren’t getting the support they need. Their opposition to Si
BC Liberals promise schools, deliver empty lots COQUITLAM – The empty lot where Burke Mountain’s new middle school should be is evidence that Christy Clark isn’t there for families in growing B.C. communities, says New Democrat leader John Horgan.
“Christy Clark first promised schools in Burke Mountain in 2002. Here we are, 14 years later, still looking at an empty lot. That’s the value of Christy Clark’s promises,” said Horgan.
“We should be supporting growing communities in our province, but instead, students in places like Coquitlam are going to school in overcrowded classrooms and learning in portables. The B.C. Liberals have starved our education system and utterly failed to plan for growing schools, and kids are paying the price.”
Christy Clark first made schools in Burke Mountain a priority in 2002. But today, parents and kids are still waiting.
“It’s not just Coquitlam that’s seeing these problems. In Surrey, 7,000 kids are learning in portables. Incredibly, Christy Clark’s education minister actual
Protection for LGBTQ youth should have come sooner, say New Democrats VICTORIA – After years of advocating for B.C. schools to have explicit policies to protect LGBTQ youth, the B.C. Liberals finally relented and announced changes, say New Democrats.
“LGBTQ youth face much higher rates of violence, bullying and suicide and need help to succeed in our schools. But for years while New Democrats were advocating for protections for these vulnerable youth, Christy Clark said no, even though other provinces were taking the lead,” said New Democrat MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert.
After years of pressure put on by New Democrats led by the efforts of Chandra Herbert, along with advocates, the government finally announced it will put in the necessary policies to ensure that LGBTQ youth in schools are protected.
“For years Christy Clark’s government said that protections for sexual orientation was not an issue. Had she put these protections in earlier we could have protected many young people from violence and bullying,” said Chandra Herbert. “With the e