Dix makes it six for NDP leadership

Vancouver-Kingsway MLA Adrian Dix

Vancouver-Kingsway MLA Adrian Dix entered the NDP leadership race Monday at a Vancouver school he campaigned to keep open, with a list of MLAs and prominent party members supporting him.

“I had high hopes to serve in a government led by Carole James – a great leader who should have become British Columbia’s first elected woman premier,” Dix said in notes for his address.

“I am committed to party unity – I’ve always been a team player – and now I’m asking for the opportunity to be your team leader.”

Supporting Dix are three Surrey MLAs, Harry Bains, Sue Hammell and Bruce Ralston, along with Vancouver East MP Libby Davies, Vancouver-Kingsway MP Don Davies and former MP Svend Robinson.

Dix is the sixth candidate in the race to replace James, pushed out by a revolt of 13 MLAs late last year. He launched his campaign on the last day for party members to sign up and be eligible to vote in a province-wide leadership election on April 17.

Dix vowed to win the next election and then “lead British Columbia into a more progressive future” by redistributing wealth.

“Analysis from all over the developed world demonstrates that the polarization of wealth and power and the growth of poverty have very significant financial and social costs for the entire community – not just for the poor, but the rich too,” he said. “And there is no question that Kevin Falcon or Christy Clark would increase the costs imposed on our children and our communities by the growing divide in our society.”

Dix recalled his time as chief of staff to former premier Glen Clark in the late 1990s, which included negotiating the first modern treaty with the Nisga’a people in northwestern B.C.

Dix was fired by Clark in a controversy over a casino licence issued to a neighbour of Clark’s who had done work on his East Vancouver house.

Also running for the NDP leadership are Port Coquitlam MLA Mike Farnworth, Juan de Fuca MLA John Horgan, Fraser-Nicola MLA Harry Lali, Powell River-Sunshine Coast MLA Nicholas Simons and North Vancouver marijuana activist Dana Larsen.

Just Posted

PHOTOS: West Shore students rally for 10,000 Tonight food drive

Students, community members gather, sort food donations

Brotherston sentenced to three years in prison for Sooke home invasion

Home invasion took place on Feb. 9 and left one man with face and head injuries

SD 62 re-elects Ravi Parmar to lead the board for second term

Former Langford fire chief Bob Beckett, in his first term, gets the nod as vice-chair

UPDATED: Royal Jubilee gets 15 more patient beds for Greater Victoria end-of-life care

New patient beds in hospice and acute palliative care to be in place by spring 2020

Retooled Oak Bay hoops team starts strong

‘Not the tallest,’ but Oak Bay are off to big start

VIDEO: Octopus, bald eagle battle after bird ‘bites off more than it can chew’ in B.C. waters

B.C. crew films fight between the two feisty animals in Quatsino off north Vancouver Island

Raptors fans show Kawhi the love in his return to Toronto

Leonard receives championship ring, leads new club to win

Process to identify those killed in Gabriola plane crash could take days

Canadian flight museum suggests Alex Bahlsen of Mill Bay died in Tuesday’s crash

One man dead after car crash in Nanaimo

One person died, another was injured in the accident which happened Wednesday on Nanaimo Lakes Road

‘Honest mistake:’ RCMP says B.C. cannabis shop can keep image of infamous Mountie

Sam Steele wearing military, not RCMP uniform in image depicted in Jimmy’s Cannabis window

B.C. conservation officers put down fawn blinded by pellet gun on Vancouver Island

Young deer found near construction site in Hammond Bay area in Nanaimo, B.C.

Laid-off forest workers converge on B.C. legislature

Loggers call for action on strike, provincial stumpage

B.C. guide fined $2K in first conviction under new federal whale protection laws

Scott Babcock found guilty of approaching a North Pacific humpback whale at less than 100 metres

Feds urge Air Canada to fix booking problems as travel season approaches

The airline introduced the new reservation system more than three weeks ago

Most Read