We are now preparing for the candidate speeches at the BC NDP leadership assembly. The first speaker will be Adrain Dix.
As Joy McPail comes on stage the sound of “Hi I’m John Horgan” booms through the sound system. McPhail ran back, the sound track ended and she returned to the stage and said, “And I have lost a lot of weight.” Nice come back. McPhail introduces and endorses Adrian Dix.
Adrian Dix is now on stage and the cries of shame are echoing through the convention centre. Dix appears to be energizing the crowd. Talks of reinstating bank taxes, stopping raw log exports and using the carbon tax to help people instead of subsidizing the large corporations. Dix draws great cheers. Says that all the leadership candidates have something to add to a government he leads. Maybe Harry Lali should have stayed in the race?
John Horgan on stage. He wants to give people something to VOTE FOR. He doesn’t want to “back into government.” Horgan invites the crowd to join him to protect seniors, protect the environment and help students and to help build a province we can all be proud of. Amazing energy and people shouting “Horgan.”
Dana Larsen on stage now. Thanks the party for allowing a party member to join a leadership race. Speaks of “grassroots democracy.” You can build your own cliche at this point. Some cheers for Larsen but most people in the audience here sitting on their hands. Literally.
Mike Farnworth next on stage. Video introduction looks like it was filmed on a high school campus. reaching out to the youth voters?
Farnworth says that he is ready to lead. Farnworth says that under his leadership we can galvanize supporters and new supporters.
Will use sustainability lens on all things. He says he has outlined a plan to eliminate child poverty in BC. Speaks of democratic reform. Campaign finance reform promise. As Farnworth ends his speech the crowd energy goes wild. Building.
Irene Lanzinger and Spencer Chandra Herbert back on stage to introduce Jan O’Brien provincial secretary of the BC NDP.
The voting process, if you have not already voted sounds wildly complicated. Why anyone would leave it until today is beyond me.
And now we take a break while people line-up to vote. Be back soon.