NDP's Dix sees positives in lengthy leadership campaign
BC NDP Leader Adrian Dix (centre) hosts a luncheon with Chinese media for the Lunar New Year at a restaurant in Richmond, B.C. on Monday January 20, 2014. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS)
Opposition Leader Adrian Dix says the long stretch before the BC NDP elects its next leader Sept. 28 will give the party time to recruit new members to help prepare for the next provincial election.
At a luncheon held for Chinese media for the Lunar New Year, Dix reminded reporters the next election isn’t until 2017 and added the leadership race on the horizon will only be enhanced by the nine-month wait.
“We also want an opportunity for people to join up with the NDP and become part of that race,” he said. “And this race, the length of time, I think, will give people lots of opportunity to take part in that, so I think that’s important.”
After the party election there’s still more than two years until the next provincial election and Dix said the BC NDP intend to use the time to its advantage.
“The people running for leader are going to dozens and dozens and dozens of communities during the course of the race and people are going to want to have the chance to see them and ask questions of them.”
In May, the party lost an election it was expected to easily win. Many blamed its opposition to the twinning of the existing Trans Mountain pipeline and attempt at a positive campaign for the loss.
So far, the race for the next BC NDP leader hasn’t produced any potential candidates, but speculation is long-time MLA Mike Farnworth or David Eby, the man who unseated Premier Christy Clark in Vancouver-Point Grey, could be among the contenders.
While it enjoys support across the Chinese community Dix said the party is still hoping to gain more votes from it.
He also expected more people from that community to come out to vote in the next election.