BRITISH COLUMBIA

Adrian Dix, NDP Leader, To Announce Future Next Week

09/10/2013 03:29 EDT | Updated 11/10/2013 05:12 EST
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VICTORIA - New Democrat Party Leader Adrian Dix is preparing to make an announcement regarding his political future next week.

A senior official from within Dix's staff said a time, date or location for the Dix announcement has not been set, but it will occur some time next week.

Dix left the British Columbia legislature in July saying he would be taking time to reflect on his political future.

Since then, there has been little information coming forward from Dix, but others have been publicly calling for him to indicate his exit plan to allow the party to get on with the rebuilding process.

Earlier this week, a group of New Democrats calling themselves Forward BC NDP announced they were seeking to modernize and rebuild the party and aimed to influence the selection of party delegates voting at the NDP's Vancouver convention in November.

The convention will see the election of a new party executive and could see members vote in favour of a leadership contest.

Dix was elected NDP leader in April 2011 after former leader Carole James quit amid an ongoing caucus struggle over her leadership.

NDP finance critic Mike Farnworth said he is awaiting Dix's announcement before making public statements about a possible run for the party leadership.

Farnworth was the runner-up in the 2011 NDP leadership contest.

"Why don't we wait until we see what the future brings, but I did finish second last time," he said.

The New Democrats have been reeling since last May's devastating election loss where they entered the race with an almost 20-point lead but lost to Premier Christy Clark's Liberals.

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