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NDP leadership hopeful MLA Rob Fleming gives leadership race a pass

VICTORIA - The leadership bid for B.C.'s New Democrats remains a two-person race after yet another potential candidate has taken a pass on entering the contest. Victoria-Swan Lake MLA Rob Fleming announced he will not be running. Fleming, who serves as the party's education critic, was one of at least seven candidates who were expected to join the leadership race. So far former NDP house leader John Horgan and Mike Farnworth, who finished second to current leader Adrian Dix in the 2011 leadership contest, are the only two contenders for the party's leadership.

Dix says he expects NDP leadership race to heat up in the New Year

VICTORIA - Adrian Dix says the race to replace him as New Democratic Party leader will heat up in January and most of the candidates are likely to come from the current party caucus. Dix, in a year-end interview with The Canadian Press, says he's not naming names and won't back a candidate, but he expects currently elected provincial New Democrats to dominate the field.

B.C. NDP recommends May 25, 2014 leadership vote to replace Dix

VICTORIA - British Columbia's New Democratic Party executive is recommending May 25 next year as the date for a leadership vote to replace current party leader Adrian Dix. In a statement released today by the B.C. NDP, the party brass says the May 25, 2014 date was chosen to allow potential leadership candidates to participate in the race without being constrained by upcoming municipal and federal election campaigns. Dix announced last month he was stepping down as soon as the party could chose a new leader.

NDP Leader Adrian Dix says 36 days not good enough for B.C. democracy

VICTORIA - New Democrat Leader Adrian Dix says having politicians sit for only 36 days in British Columbia's legislature this year isn't good enough. Dix stood outside the legislature chambers today, on what would have been the opening of a fall legislative session, to chastise Premier Christy Clark's government for taking the fall off while many residents are concerned about rising hydro rates and poor treatment of senior citizens.

NDP Leader Adrian Dix to reveal decision on future later today in Vancouver

VANCOUVER - B.C. New Democratic Party Leader Adrian Dix will announce his decision about his future with the party this afternoon. Dix has called a news conference for 4 p.m. in Vancouver. He left the British Columbia legislature in July saying he would be taking time to reflect on his political future in the wake of the party's unexpected defeat to the Liberals in the provincial election in May. Since then, there have been calls for Dix's resignation, and for the resignations of several other senior party officials.

B.C. NDP leader takes 'full responsibility' for loss, but future still uncertain

VANCOUVER - British Columbia's NDP leader says he takes "full responsibility" for the party's devastating election loss, but Adrian Dix plans to continue to lead the Opposition, at least for now, as the New Democrats conduct an autopsy of their failed campaign. Dix, who had effectively vanished from the public eye since he conceded defeat last week, emerged Wednesday to reveal his plans for his own political future and to offer a post-mortem of the election.

B.C. NDP election loss not an issue of leadership: party president

VANCOUVER - The surprising electoral loss of British Columbia's New Democrats this week should not trigger a leadership race, the party's president said Thursday as Leader Adrian Dix remained behind closed doors. Moe Sihota said there were many factors in the electoral upset that saw the heavily favoured New Democrats lose ground in the legislature to the incumbent Liberals, and a "revolving door" on the leader's office is not the solution. "I think it's fair to say that neither us nor the Liberals really expected the result that transpired," Sihota said.

Election leaders make gruelling last-minute push before Tuesday's election

The leaders of British Columbia's two main parties headed into a sprint to get their message out Monday, one day before the finish line would deliver one of them a victory. New Democrat Leader Adrian Dix planned to campaign for 24 hours straight, making 15 election stops during his 1,700- kilometre tour as far north as Prince George. He planned to continue his efforts to woo voters until 7 a.m. Tuesday, an hour before polls open.

Dix's positive campaign gets snarly in Richmond, Chinatown

RICHMOND, B.C. - New Democrat Adrian Dix's positive vibrations election campaign turned decidedly snarly Tuesday as he was forced to grit his teeth while facing difficult questions about spies, communists and the Chinese head tax. The Liberals lobbed their own accusations of spying Tuesday after the campaign manager of Transportation Minister Mary Polak quit. Todd Hauptman complained as a gay man, he felt marginalized among Polak supporters who he viewed as anti-gay, but Polak suggested the real issue was information sharing between Hauptman and the NDP campaign in the riding.

NDP Leader Dix calls Liberals offensive, but says campaign remains positive

SURREY, B.C. - As polls suggest the B.C. election race is tightening, New Democrat Leader Adrian Dix is becoming more strident in his criticism of the Liberals. While Dix called Christy Clark's campaign tactics offensive and misleading on Monday, Clark was welcoming some support from Gordon Wilson, a former Liberal leader who jumped ship to the NDP in 1999 before leaving politics. Dix made his comments while meeting with education workers at a park in suburban Surrey, a valuable region where the NDP and Liberals each hold four seats.
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