Farnworth drops out, backs Horgan for NDP leader
John Horgan (centre) at a leadership rally, March 24, 2014. Horgan is the new leader of the BC NDP. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS)
In a surprise move Tuesday, BC NDP leadership hopeful Mike Farnworth dropped out of the race, throwing his support to opponent John Horgan.
The move leaves Horgan, MLA for Juan de Fuca, unopposed with a May 1 entry deadline.
Horgan praised the Port Coquitlam MLA for his role in the party over the years.
“Mike Farnworth is a great MLA. He has done so much for our party and our province,” said Horgan in a release. “I am grateful for his support, and the support of so many members of our caucus, as we build a team that will earn the votes of British Columbians in 2017 and make life better for all B.C. families.”
Horgan had shored up support with endorsements from about half of the NDP caucus and seemed to have most of the momentum in the race.
“John and I share a commitment to ensuring that our party is focused on providing a progressive alternative to the BC Liberals that can gain the confidence of voters,” Farnworth said. “There’s too much at stake for us to be distracted and I’m proud to stand with John.”