New Democrats are applauding an agreement reached between the Nisga’a Nation and Avanti Mining that will help create 300 full-time jobs in the Northwest.
“Reopening the Kitsault Mine is a $1 billion project that will create jobs and grow the economy, both in the Nass region and throughout the Northwest,” said New Democrat leader John Horgan.
“It is essential as we move forward with resource development in B.C. that these plans include First Nations, and protect our land, air and water. This agreement shows that when we follow good processes, we achieve good results.”
Robin Austin, New Democrat MLA for Skeena noted that the agreement includes a smelter royalty deal and addresses Nisga’a environmental protection concerns.
“I am very pleased to see that the Nisga’a Nation and Avanti have reached an agreement that will create jobs and opportunity in the region now and into the future,” said Austin.
Austin added that he is hopeful the agreement bodes well for addressing outstanding concerns with neighbouring First Nations.
“There are some negotiated protocols to address environmental impacts and I’m hopeful that with this agreement in place, Avanti can move forward with neighbouring First Nations to address any cumulative effects of the increased economic activity.”
We are now waiting for the third ballot voting to end in the BC NDP leadership race. John Horgan has now dropped off the ballot and it is now a two-way race between Adrian Dix and Mike Farnworth.
The results of the third and final ballot will be decisive, it will be Adrian Dix or Mike Farnworth. The real question is where will the Horganizers migrate their votes to? Could this be the boost that Mike Farnworth needs?
15 minutes of voting left before the third and final ballot is announced. Balloting has now closed.
Spencer and Irene Lanzinger are on the stage…Jan O’Brien and Moe Sihota are on stage.
Adrian Dix is the leader of the BC NDP. The cheers you are hearing are probably from the BC Liberals along with the BC NDP.
I have to return now to the world of the living outside the political world. I will post video as I get it processed.
Settling into my seat at the Vancouver Convention Centre ready for the politicking to begin at the BC NDP leadership assembly. The NDP saw fit to position the media hordes within about five feet of a band that is playing their tunes at concert volume. Nifty.
Adrian Dix is now on the convention floor shaking every hand in sight. Big smiles and nice energy around him.
Dana Larsen is also now here. I asked him if he was surprised that the NDP had already nominated David Eby to run against Christy Clark in Vancouver-Point Grey. He looked at me a little puzzled so I said, well if you win the leadership then you could against Clark in that riding. He didn’t look amused. He did say that his second ballot vote was for John Horgan. For what it is worth.
Mike Farnworth is now here.
Carole James and Dawn Black entered the convention floor. Mobbed by supporters and media. I did some video work of Carole. Unfortunately the sound track to my video will be the band singing some mournful song like Hang Down Your Head Tom Dooley. Fabulous.
Dawn Black on stage. Begins her welcome and the sound quits on her. Yikes. It is back. She says that today the BC NDP are selecting the next premier of BC.
Spencer seems to draw the most cheers as he introduces Dawn Black, the interim leader of the BC NDP.
Today is the day that the BC NDP choose the new leader of the party. Last week we came out and publicly endorsed John Horgan. Since that date I have received countless emails asking why.
For the record, we are endorsing John Horgan because he is the one candidate best qualified to lead the BC NDP to an election victory over the Christy Clark Liberals. That is the long and short of why we are endorsing John Horgan; he is a winner who can take the BC NDP from the opposition benches across the aisle to the seat of government.
As an interesting aside, the people who supported our public endorsement of John Horgan by and large publicly posted their thoughts on our blog posts (you can anonymously post comments, if you so wish). The many who did not support or who questioned our endorsement of John Horgan filled my email inbox to overflowing. Just an interesting aside.
After many one to one conversations with the candidates, emails from the candidates, phone calls from the candidates and letters from the candidates, The Left Coast dot ca has decided to publicly give our endorsement to John Horgan as the candidate who is best prepared to lead the BC New Democrats while they are in opposition and perhaps more importantly, to lead the BC NDP to an election victory against the Christy Clark Liberals.
We have met with Adrian Dix and thoroughly enjoyed our conversation. Dix is a solid New Democrat. We have spoken with Mike Farnworth. Farnworth is also a very capable individual who has a stellar record of successes as a New Democrat. However, all things considered, we truly believe that John Horgan is the best positioned to lead the BC NDP to victory.
John Horgan has some truly shining lights from BC’s progressive politicians backing his bid for the leadership of the party. For us that was not the deciding factor in why we decided to publicly endorse him. The reasons are complex but they are directly related to the time we spend talking to Horgan.
We find Horgan to be personable and approachable. He is articulate and has a great sense of humour. He is a realist and he is a fresh face on the BC political scene. He is also well experienced in how an open and honest government needs to function to serve the people of BC. In short, we believe that John Horgan has what it takes to carry the BC New Democrats to an election victory against the Christy Clark coalition of federal Conservatives and Liberals.
We are proud to publicly endorse John Horgan in his bid to become the next leader of the BC New Democrats. We hope that you will join us in actively supporting John Horgan.
Up until this afternoon I did not really know too much about John Horgan, candidate for the leadership of the BC NDP; he was an “unknown” quantity to me. “That MLA from the island” was how I thought of him.
Two things changed for me. First I received an email from Harry Lali, MLA for Fraser Nicola saying that Lali was endorsing Horgan. Next I read a piece by Vaughn Palmer that made me chuckle when I read a quote that Vaughn Palmer used from a press scrum with Horgan. So I knew it was time for me to go and find out more about this MLA from Vancouver Island.
This afternoon I went and did just that; I met with John Horgan and asked him point-blank, “Why would anyone want you to be leader of the BC NDP?”
To see how he responded, watch the following three minute long video.
As a sort of caveat for Horgan, there is a significant difference between how he acts when talking to you in person and when I thrust a camera in his face. Talking to John Horgan in person is fun. He laughs and is very amusing in a folksy kind of way. I liked his friendly way. However, Horgan, is much like George Abbott in that his folksy charm does not come through on camera.
Regardless of everything, I believe that Horgan provides some pretty compelling reasons for him to be the successful candidate in this leadership contest.
I still have to have a one to one with Mike Farnworth before I decide who I will publicly endorse but I do have to say that John Horgan presented a pretty compelling case for why the BC NDP should support him.
It is getting down to the last couple of weeks of the BC New Democrat’s leadership race. The three real contenders for the job are Adrian Dix, Mike Farnworth and John Horgan.
My thoughts on the leadership race so far are that Adrian Dix is a great scrappy, attacking style leader. Mike Farnworth is the one who has government experience and John Horgan, well, he is the sensible guy who will…
The leadership race ends on April 17th. Who are you supporting and why? Care to add your thoughts or comments?
Please note that you do not have to put your email address in the form like it says.
Late yesterday afternoon I ventured out to the Socialist Republic of Burnaby to see three of the NDP leadership candidates and Dana Larsen speak to a very friendly crowd of followers at the New West and District Labour Council.
The room where the leadership all-candidates event was being held was chock-a-block full of NDP from the federal scene right down to the municipal scene. Fin Donnelly, Peter Julian, and Bill Siksay were in attendance. Raj Chouhan, Harry Bains, Kathy Corrigan, Bruce Ralston and Mable Elmore were on hand to represent the provincial arm of the party. Of course the reigning supreme-ruler of Burnaby, Mayor Derek Corrigan, Gary Wong and Sav Dahliwal were there on behalf of the local electoral scene.
The event began with each of the candidates giving a four minute hello and bio with a why they should be selected as leader pitch added in. Poor John Horgan struggled with the clock all night; at one point he quipped that he is from Irish heritage and he cannot even say hello in four minutes.
After the candidates had done their four minute intros, people from the crowd lined up at a microphone to pose questions to the candidates. Each candidate then had one minute to answer the question. At that point Horgan really began to struggle; he would spend fifteen seconds of every minute telling the crowd how the question is tough to answer in one minute. Never mind 45 seconds. Fortunately the chair of the meeting kept reminding all the speakers that she had a gavel and she was not afraid to use it.
The questions that were posed were like watching A-Rod playing t-ball. “What are you going to do about the cuts that have been made to the WCB?’ or this classic, “What are you going to do about the collective bargaining rights that the BC Liberals took away from us?” or “What are you going to do about the privatization of BC Hydro.” “Are you going to fully fund the public education system?” or “How are you going to re-engage union workers” or “How are you going to deal with caucus solidarity in the future” so on.
Every question produced a swing and a hit. The people in the hall would clap their hands together in approval when the candidates would talk about the disgraceful behaviour of the BC Liberals. The shouts of “shame” echoed around the room when the shameful acts of the BC Liberals were mentioned.
At one point I started to lose focus and I swear I heard the candidates all together promising more sunny days and apple pie for all union members. I could be mistaken though.
After the meeting had adjourned I had the opportunity to talk briefly with the three candidates. My first question to each of the candidates was about Harry Lali dropping out of the leadership race because of the costs that the NDP have put in place for the candidates. The final question I asked each candidate was which BC Liberal leadership candidate they would like to face off against in an election. The answers I got to that question was very informative. Watch and see what you think.
First up was Adrian Dix.
After Adrian I pulled Mike Farnworth aside and listened to him.
Finally I had a chance to chat with John Horgan. Excuse my blooper in the middle of this recording. I had a brain fart and started to cut off my interview. Horgan was a little taken aback but graciously agreed to continue talking to me even after my blooper.