September 20, 2013 - 9:35 AM
KAMLOOPS – People wondering whether B.C. NDP leader Adrian Dix would remain at the party helm have to wonder no more. Dix announced yesterday, four months after a crushing defeat at the hands of the B.C. Liberal Party, he will be stepping aside.
“I have tried to put the long-term success of the B.C. NDP ahead of any personal ambitions,” Dix said at a conference in his riding this afternoon. “It has become clear to me that the best interests of our party mean that I need to step aside for a new Leader, who can lead us to victory in 2017.”
Dix plans on remaining as leader until a new leader is chosen, which he hopes will occur by mid-2014 at the latest.
“Whoever is chosen as the next leader (of) our party will have my complete support and relentless effort as we prepare to defeat the Liberals and form government in 2017,” he said.
Dix won the Vancouver-Kingsway riding with just under 57 per cent of the vote though the party as a whole only won 34 seats. The B.C. Liberal Party took 49 seats in the May 14 election.
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