Juan de Fuca MLA John Horgan launched his bid for the B.C. NDP leadership tonight at a packed hall in his home constituency. Horgan said he is running to be leader because B.C. needs real leadership to make life better for all British Columbians, leadership he said B.C. isn’t getting from the B.C. Liberals.
“Real leadership is about working together for a strong and sustainable economy, and creating opportunities and good jobs in all parts of our great province,” said Horgan. “Real leadership isn’t empty slogans.”
Former leader Carole James, the MLA for Victoria-Beacon Hill was on hand to introduce Horgan to the enthusiastic crowd.
“John Horgan is the Leader who is ready to win in 2017. He knows and loves this province. He is a straight shooter and a team builder,” said James. “His passion and energy will hold the Liberals accountable until we replace them with an NDP government that will make life better for B.C. families.”
Horgan said that his campaign would draw sharp contrasts between his desire for a stronger province for all British Columbians and Premier Christy Clark’s narrow approach.
“Premier Clark has one of the worst job creation records in the country, she is failing children in schools and seniors in care, yet is piling on debt faster than any Premier in Canada’s history,” said Horgan. “That’s not leadership.”
Neighbouring Vancouver Island MLAs, NDP Caucus Whip Maurine Karagianis, MLA for Esquimalt-Royal Roads and Bill Routley, NDP Deputy Forest Critic and MLA for Cowichan Valley joined Horgan and James on-stage.
Over the past number of weeks, Horgan has heard from many veteran and young New Democrat leaders, urging him to run as B.C. NDP leader. Horgan will introduce additional members of his team over the coming week.