British Columbia New Democratic Party

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British Columbia New Democratic Party
Active provincial party
LeaderJohn Horgan
PresidentCraig Keating
Founded1933; 86 years ago (1933) (as BC CCF)
Headquarters4180 Lougheed Highway
Unit 301
Burnaby, British Columbia
V5C 6A7
Youth wingBritish Columbia Young New Democrats
IdeologySocial democracy
Political positionCentre-left[1][2]
National affiliationNew Democratic Party
International affiliationProgressive Alliance[3]
ColoursOrange, blue
Seats in Legislature
41 / 87
Website
www.bcndp.ca

The New Democratic Party of British Columbia (BC NDP) is a provincial political party in British Columbia, Canada. It is a social democratic party and is considered to be centre-left. John Horgan has been the leader of the party since 2014.[4] The party is a part of the federal New Democratic Party.

The party is the one governing the province right now. This is because there was a hung parliament after the 2017 elections and the BC Liberal Party did not win a motion of no confidence in the legislature. Instead, the BC NDP began a confidence and supply deal with the BC Green Party to form a minority government. Before that, the party governed British Columbia under six different premiers. They also won a majority government three times, in 1971, 1991, and 1996.

History[change | change source]

2014–present: Horgan as leader[change | change source]

The leader before 2014 was Adrian Dix. He resigned from being the leader of the BC NDP in 2013. Because of this, there was an election in the party in 2014 to decide who would be the next leader. John Horgan was elected by acclamation (when there are no other candidates).[4] Because he became leader, he also became the Leader of the Opposition in the legislature.

The first election that the NDP took part in while Horgan was the leader was the 2017 general election. The NDP won 41 seats in the election. The other parties that won seats were the Liberal Party (43 seats) and the Green Party (3 seats).[5] The Liberal Party did not win enough seats to form a majority government so the first minority government in BC in 65 years was elected.[6] This was a very close election. The Liberals won the popular vote by only 1566 votes.[7] Because both parties did not have enough seats to form a majority government, the Greens held the balance of power. Both the Liberals and NDP began negotiating with the Greens to see if they would support a minority government by either of the parties.[8] On 29 May, Horgan and the Greens announced that the Greens would support the NDPs in a confidence and supply deal.[9][10] The Liberals lost a vote of no confidence vote by two votes to the Greens and NDP.[11] Because of this, the Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon asked Horgan to form government and become the next premier. Horgan became the first NDP premier in 16 years.[12]

References[change | change source]

  1. Magnusson, Warren; Shaw, Karena (2003). A Political Space: Reading the Global Through Clayoquot Sound. U of Minnesota Press. p. 18. ISBN 978-0-8166-4039-3.
  2. Susan Lee Kang (2008). Contestation and Collectivies: Protecting Labor Organizing Rights in the Global Economy. ProQuest. p. 315. ISBN 978-0-549-63283-2. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
  3. "Parties & Organisations of the Progressive Alliance". Progressive Alliance. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "John Horgan acclaimed new leader of B.C. NDP". CBC News. 1 May 2014. Retrieved 18 May 2019.
  5. "B.C. Election 2017: Final voting results". Times Colonist. 28 May 2017. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  6. Kane, Laura (9 May 2017). "B.C. Election 2017 Results: Province Sees First Minority Government In 65 Years". HuffPost. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  7. "Section 5 - Statement of Votes". Elections BC. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  8. Shaw, Rob (20 May 2017). "Crack Liberal, NDP and Green teams get together in backrooms to find common ground". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  9. Hunter, Justine (29 May 2017). "BC Greens strike deal to force end of Liberal era, support NDP government". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  10. Baker, Paula (29 May 2017). "B.C. Greens and NDP strike deal for 'stable' minority government". Global News. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  11. McElroy, Justin (29 June 2017). "B.C. Liberal government loses confidence vote 44-42, sparking either NDP government or election". CBC News. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  12. Hunter, Justine (19 April 2018). "How B.C.'s head of state Judith Guichon chose a minority government over an election". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 13 July 2019.