Norm Macdonald has ruled out a run for the leadership of the B.C. NDP.

MLA Norm Macdonald not running B.C. NDP leadership

Columbia River-Revelstoke MLA Norm Macdonald not running to replace Adrian Dix as B.C. NDP leader; says he will support Mike Farnworth

Columbia River–Revelstoke MLA Norm Macdonald said he will not be running for NDP leadership, and would support Mike Farnworth should he choose to run in the race to replace Adrian Dix as leader.

“I thought Adrian did a fantastic job but I also thought Mike would have been great and I haven’t changed that view,” Macdonald told the Revelstoke Times Review. “He’s very capable. The things he talks about will resonate with people in our area. If he decides to put his name forward, I will offer my support.”

Dix announced on Wednesday that he was resigning as leader of the B.C. NDP, but would stay on until a new leader was found.

Macdonald said the announcement wasn’t a surprise. He called Dix “the smartest guy in the room” and said the NDP had been very effective in the house with Dix as the leader.

There was no question with Adrian we had somebody who was very bright and very hard working and would have been a wonderful Premier,” said Macdonald, but, he added, the NDP needed to have a leader who could make up the voting gap with the Liberals.

“There’s no question in the campaign to come close isn’t good enough,” he said. “We really are talking about three or four per cent difference between the Liberals and the NDP and that’s a difference we need to make up.”

He said the next leader will need to be able to connect with British Columbians so the party can get the support it needs to win the next election in 2017.

Macdonald expects the next leader to come from one of the major political centres of the province, meaning Victoria or Vancouver, and said he didn’t think he could raise the money or get the exposure he would need to make a run at the leadership.

“While Revelstoke and Golden are at the centre of our world, it’s not the centre of political life in British Columbia,” he said.

He expects Farnworth, the MLA for Port Coquitlam, and John Horgan, the MLA for Juan de Fuca, to run. Farnworth, who finished second in the 2011 leadership race, told reporters he is considering running again.

Macdonald supported Farnworth in the last leadership race.

“I think we’ll get other members of caucus and possibly people from outside of caucus,” Macdonald said. “There’s a lot of talent and people that will do a very good job. They’ll have a chance to have a serious look at it and decide if they want to take on the challenge.

“I’m confident we’ll have some good candidates.”

 

Just Posted

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for June 16

Items from Revelstoke newspapers, as gleaned and edited by Cathy English, curator… Continue reading

International bike race comes to Revelstoke

More than 250 riders took part last weekend

Council approves second hotel at Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Revelstoke City Council has approved the development permit for a second hotel… Continue reading

Liam’s lowdown: Where is Revelstoke heading?

There is almost every kind of drive-through. From banking and booze to… Continue reading

Former CAO of Revelstoke hired by Osoyoos

Allan Chabot resigned earlier this month after serving as CAO from 2015

Snow falls on Okanagan resort, in June

SilverStar gets snow day before summer season starts

B.C.-born Carey Price brings young fan to tears at NHL Awards banquet

Anderson Whitehead first met his hockey idol after his mother died of cancer

Licence issue delays boozing while cruising on BC Ferries

Planned June launch for alcohol sales delayed

B.C. school mourns after 13-year-old killed by fallen tree on field trip

Teenager died after being struck and pinned by tree while on a field trip near Sooke

Civil suit brought against Kelowna RCMP officer after ‘abhorrent’ interrogation

The woman involved in the 2012 interrogation is suing the officer and B.C.’s Minister of Justice

Penticton family honours loved one with acts of kindness, free coffee

The family of Kathy Castle want to ensure she is remembered by the community

Okanagan MP tables bill on RCMP Day in Canada

North Okanagan-Shuswap MP Mel Arnold throws support behind Vernon-based campaign

B.C. temporarily halts resource development to protect caribou

The caribou population in northeastern B.C. has dwindled over the last two decades

Most Read