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 ...
Horgan thanks Jenny Kwan for years of dedication as she steps down as MLA VICTORIA – Jenny Kwan, New Democrat MLA for Vancouver-Mt. Pleasant, has tendered her resignation to the Speaker of the legislature effective immediately. Kwan has secured the nomination to run as a candidate for Vancouver East in the upcoming federal election.
“Over the past 19 years Jenny has been a groundbreaker and inspiration to many,” said New Democrat leader John Horgan. “On behalf of our caucus, I want to thank her from the bottom of our hearts for the contributions she’s made to British Columbia and wish her all the best in her future endeavours.”
Kwan has worked in East Vancouver for the last 25 years, from being a lone opposition councillor in the City of Vancouver, to being a cabinet minister, to being one of just two Opposition MLAs holding 77 BC Liberals to account. Kwan extends her deep gratitude to the people of Vancouver Mt. Pleasant for their trust, support and encouragement.
“It has been a tremendous honour to serve the people of Vancouver Mt. Pleasant
B.C. needs real defence from invasive species VICTORIA – B.C. New Democrats introduced legislation to ensure British Columbia is protected from the devastation invasive species such as Zebra and Quagga mussels have brought to communities across North America.
“British Columbia is home to 20,000 freshwater lakes and 750,000 kilometres of river,” said New Democrat environment advocate Spencer Chandra Herbert. “Invasive species, once introduced, would devastate these ecosystems and harm our communities that depend on them. If enacted, this legislation would stop invasive species at our borders dead in their tracks before they become a threat to our way of life in British Columbia.”
Chandra Herbert introduced the Protecting our Lakes and Economy from Invasive Species Act in the legislature Thursday. The private members bill, based on successful legislation in Alberta, would create mandatory inspection stations at B.C.’s provincial borders where inspectors would check water craft for invasive species, and detain them if inf
B.C. Liberals second guess their own decision to raise craft beer prices VICTORIA — It’s no surprise that the B.C. Liberals are second guessing themselves after their policy changes caused the price of craft beer to spike, says B.C New Democrat liquor spokesperson David Eby.
“Craft beer is an important and growing industry in British Columbia that needs to be supported. The Attorney General’s changes have essentially introduced a new craft beer tax that hurts these small businesses and this growing industry,” said Eby. “The breweries are not receiving a penny more from the Liquor Distribution Branch despite consumers paying as much as 10 or even 20 per cent more for some craft beer products.”
Industry leaders and the New Democrats warned the government that their policy change to the wholesale price system would increase prices, but the B.C. Liberals pressed ahead with the change. Prices spiked shortly after, causing craft brewers to initiate a series of meetings with their local MLAs over the last two months.
Following those meetings, Ministe
Tragedy increasingly likely as Maple Ridge tent city marks second month MAPLE RIDGE – Close to 100 British Columbians have been living in a makeshift tent city in Maple Ridge for almost two months, creating dangerous and unhealthy conditions for themselves and local residents, and threatening the future of a small business.
“There is simply no excuse for two months of inaction while the community of Maple Ridge faces an acute crisis,” said David Eby, New Democrat spokesperson for housing. “Vulnerable people attract predators. Sanitation and running water is limited here, and confrontation with angry residents is inevitable. Many of these tent city residents have complex health and addiction problems. Lives are at risk and the minister and local MLAs are completely absent.”
Eby says the tent city has lingered because the minister responsible for housing seems to think he has solved homelessness in British Columbia. On May 5 in the legislature, Minister Rich Coleman described B.C.’s housing strategy as “the most successful housing strategy in N