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B.C. NDP Leader Adrian Dix pauses while addressing supporters after the Liberal Party was projected to win a majority government in Vancouver on May 14, 2013. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)
B.C. NDP Leader Adrian Dix pauses while addressing supporters after the Liberal Party was projected to win a majority government in Vancouver on May 14, 2013. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)

Dix to announce plans next week Add to ...

B.C. New Democratic Party Leader Adrian Dix is preparing to make an announcement regarding his political future next week.

A senior official from Mr. Dix’s staff said the time, date and location of the announcement have not been set, but it will be next week.

Mr. Dix left the British Columbia legislature in July saying he would take time to reflect on his political future.

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Since then, little information has come forward from him, but others have publicly called for him to indicate his exit plan to allow the party to get on with rebuilding.

This week, a group of New Democrats calling themselves Forward BC NDP announced they were seeking to modernize and rebuild the party and aimed to influence the selection of party delegates voting at the NDP’s Vancouver convention in November.

A new party executive will be elected at the convention, and members could vote in favour of a leadership race.

Mr. Dix was elected NDP leader in April, 2011, after former leader Carole James quit in a caucus struggle over her leadership.

NDP finance critic Mike Farnworth said he is awaiting Mr. Dix’s announcement before making public statements about a possible run for the leadership. He was the runner-up in 2011.

“Why don’t we wait until we see what the future brings, but I did finish second last time,” he said.

The New Democrats have been reeling since last May’s devastating election loss. They entered the campaign with a lead in the polls of almost 20 points, but lost to Premier Christy Clark’s Liberals.

 

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