Horgan now leader of BC NDP
John Horgan (centre) at a leadership rally, March 24, 2014. Horgan is the new leader of the BC NDP. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS)
The British Columbia New Democrats acclaimed John Horgan on Thursday as its new leader.
Horgan, MLA for Juan de Fuca, ran unopposed for the NDP’s top job after candidate Mike Farnworth drop out of the race last month, leaving no competition.
“Today, New Democrats are uniting behind John Horgan’s strong leadership,” Craig Keating, president of the BC NDP, said in a news release. “John is a leader who understands that B.C. needs a balanced approach to everything we do — ensuring that communities benefit as our province moves forward.”
Horgan had initially said he would not be pursuing the leadership race before changing his mind earlier this year and garnering the majority of endorsements from the party’s heavyweight members.
Current leader Adrian Dix said his last words as party leader in the legislature Thursday.
Dix resigned months after the party’s defeat in the 2013 election, which many said it was posed to win.
Horgan will be inaugurated Sunday in Vancouver.