News

Mike Farnworth first in for BC NDP leadership

Port Coquitlam MLA Mike Farnworth - Black Press files
Port Coquitlam MLA Mike Farnworth
— image credit: Black Press files

The runner-up to Adrian Dix in 2011, Mike Farnworth says he is running for NDP  leader to correct the party's mistakes of 2013.

Offering "a progressive alternative that can win an election," the long-time Port Coquitlam MLA referred Sunday to the NDP campaign choice to run mostly upbeat advertising to promote a platform with few specifics.

"Under my watch, the BC NDP will never fight an election with one hand tied behind its back," Farnworth said in an opening statement released by his campaign. "We'll be tough on the issues and hold the BC Liberals to account for their disastrous record, while being clear about what we would do differently."

Farnworth also gave a hint of a more pro-development stance for the party, which has opposed oil pipelines and offered lukewarm support to liquefied natural gas development.

"Under my leadership, the BC NDP will stand firmly for a strong and diversified economy that provides family-supporting jobs and builds shared prosperity," Farnworth said.

Dix won the leadership by a narrow margin in 2011, after several rounds of voting left Farnworth with 48% of participating party members.

After a string of newly elected MLAs bowed out, Juan de Fuca MLA John Horgan has been reconsidering his decision not to run again. He finished third in 2011, and both he and Farnworth had leading roles in the NDP governments of the 1990s.

 

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Transit contract avoids mid-referendum labour spat
 
Black Press launches 4Good crowdfunding initiative
 
City to counter Kinder Morgan letter to Westridge residents
UPDATE: Rogue Burnaby dentist faces jail time if caught
 
Another SkyTrain shutdown snarls transit commute
 
Fraser hospitals screening for ebola, will isolate any victims in Surrey
Is CUPE running your city hall?
 
Where is Ebola outbreak going? Nowhere good
 
Challenger steps up in race for Richmond mayor

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 1 edition online now. Browse the archives.