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 ...
BC New Democrats energized by weekend of campaign training and strategy in Penticton A new generation of BC NDP volunteers are hitting the ground running in every corner of the province after two days of modern campaign training in Penticton on the weekend.
“I’m so excited about the momentum our party is building,” said Leader John Horgan. “I met so many young and talented NDP volunteers in Penticton this weekend, and I know that our party has the energy to offer a hopeful vision of making life better for hardworking BC families.”
The training featured presentations by Obama strategists Mitch Stewart and Lynda Tran that detailed the latest tactics in grassroots organizing and communications. BC NDP President Craig Keating believes the weekend training was a significant step towards defeating Christy Clark and electing John Horgan as premier.
“This training weekend was the first step in a new direction for the NDP,” said Keating. “John Horgan is committed to making the next campaign the smartest and most sophisticated in NDP history, and the cutting edge
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
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
John Horgan launches campaign to give families a break instead of Christy Clark’s tax cut for top 2% BC NDP Leader John Horgan and Finance Spokesperson Carole James are campaigning to give BC families a break, starting with asking British Columbians where they most need a break from rising fees imposed by Christy Clark in her 2015 budget.
“At a time when more and more families are being squeezed by higher costs, Christy Clark in her 2015 budget chose to give millionaires a bonus while making everyone else pay for it with more fees,” said Horgan. “Instead of choosing millionaires, we should be giving hardworking BC families a break. The BC Liberals are out of touch. We can do much better, and it starts with listening to British Columbians.”
People can add their voice at www.BCNeedsaBreak.ca, and NDP volunteers will be knocking on doors to ask people where they could use a break the most.
“BC families are working hard, but with rising costs, it’s difficult to get ahead,” said Horgan. “I want to know where families most need help. Is it Hydro bills, car insurance, MSP, o