11/15/2013 07:48 EST | Updated 01/23/2014 06:56 EST

B.C. NDP gathers in Vancouver for party convention

Six months after their surprise election loss and with their leader on the way out, B.C. NDP members from across the province will gather in Vancouver this weekend for the party's convention.

Political observers are expecting no shortage of debate as the party tries to figure out exactly what went wrong in their defeat to Christy Clark and the B.C. Liberals, and how to move forward into the future.

John Horgan, MLA for Juan de Fuca, says that the rank and file members are eager to voice their own opinions about the May election loss.

"We've been talking about it as politicians for months now, but members — ordinary members — get their chance to come now and say this is what I think went wrong and this is why."

'The party's not a monolith'

The NDP will also elect a new executive, a decision that could significant ramifications on policy directions, particularly the growing internal struggle with promoting jobs while taking a strong environmental stance on resource development throughout B.C.

Current leader Adrian Dix says he is confident that despite intense discussions, the party will emerge from this weekend united.

"The party's not a monolith. There's going to be a debate about important issues. But absolutely what I've tried to do is ensure that we have a frank debate and that the party has a strong debate about its future," says Dix.

Dix announced that he would be stepping down as party leader in September, but will remain in his leadership role until a new leader is chosen in 2014.

The NDP is expected to set a date for a leadership election this weekend.