Mike Farnworth first in for BC NDP leadership
The runner-up to Adrian Dix in 2011, Mike Farnworth says he is running for NDP leader to correct the party's mistakes of 2013.
Offering "a progressive alternative that can win an election," the long-time Port Coquitlam MLA referred Sunday to the NDP campaign choice to run mostly upbeat advertising to promote a platform with few specifics.
"Under my watch, the BC NDP will never fight an election with one hand tied behind its back," Farnworth said in an opening statement released by his campaign. "We'll be tough on the issues and hold the BC Liberals to account for their disastrous record, while being clear about what we would do differently."
Farnworth also gave a hint of a more pro-development stance for the party, which has opposed oil pipelines and offered lukewarm support to liquefied natural gas development.
"Under my leadership, the BC NDP will stand firmly for a strong and diversified economy that provides family-supporting jobs and builds shared prosperity," Farnworth said.
Dix won the leadership by a narrow margin in 2011, after several rounds of voting left Farnworth with 48% of participating party members.
After a string of newly elected MLAs bowed out, Juan de Fuca MLA John Horgan has been reconsidering his decision not to run again. He finished third in 2011, and both he and Farnworth had leading roles in the NDP governments of the 1990s.