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Where Did They Go Wrong?

VICTORIA - The NDP's stunning election loss has prompted the party to appoint a panel that will review why it stayed out of office after pundits predicted victory at the polls.Panel members include Ne...
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Adrian Dix: B.C. Liberals Are Cheats

VICTORIA - Opposition New Democrat Leader Adrian Dix called British Columbia's Liberals cheats Wednesday, as the ongoing debate about the failed Liberal plan to court ethnic voters turned into a name-...
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'Heartbroken'

VANCOUVER - A month after his party suffered a shocking electoral upset, British Columbia New Democrat Leader told party members that he takes responsibility for the debacle.Adrian Dix faced the party...
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Meet Your Shadow Cabinet

VICTORIA - Former New Democrat leadership candidate Mike Farnworth is leading the charge when it comes to dissecting the Liberal government's budget in a revamped shadow cabinet announced Friday by ND...
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Bittersweet Return For Dix

VICTORIA - Premier Christy Clark took a major step towards returning to British Columbia's legislature by announcing a July 10 byelection date Wednesday, while New Democrat Leader Adrian Dix described...

The B.C. Election: The Pitfalls of Flip-Flopping

Here Warren Kinsella's oft-repeated maxim rings true. In Kinsella's latest book he states that what is true of car crashes is true of political life. When polled, voters will insist they hate negative ads. But when they thinking no one is looking they will slow down, take a look, and remember what they see.
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Who Killed the BC NDP's Election Chances?

"As leader of the BC NDP, I take full responsibility for this defeat...no ifs, ands or buts." That's what Adrian Dix told reporters at a news conference last Wednesday, following his party's surprise failure to win the recent provincial election. Nevertheless, there are many more people who should be shouldering that responsibility. But the press hasn't made it easy for the public or party members to finger who those people are.
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Removing the Risk Takers Makes Politics Boring

I've had conversations with some in the media and I've yet to see someone quote me, so I'll say it here; we are insular and provincial in B.C. And unless we ignore the Alex Tsakumises of the world when they piously bleat about the Premier being unfit for office because she showed some goodwill and good nature by sharing a joke about MILFs with a radio host (who was fired for it btw), or ignore the media prattling on for weeks because of a dancing penis prank on a gay MLA (I've yet to meet gays who don't enjoy dick jokes) we are going to reap what we sow -- which is small numbers of people running for public office and even less numbers qualified to run for premier.
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How Dirty Hands Win Campaigns

The political style of Harper and Christy Clark has been polarizing and driven by wedges designed to shore up their base. They haven't governed; their modus operandi is obfuscation and public relations. They lie as a matter of deliberate political strategy, but they come out winners. If Adrian Dix and Michael Ignatieff have taught us anything, it is that opposition leaders must not allow themselves to become human piñatas in the name of the "high road". They have a solemn duty to hold governments accountable for their records. That means fully engaging in the fight, not being passive in the face of it.
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The NDP's Problem Is Bigger Than Adrian Dix

Over 35 years, the NDP has seen its share of the popular vote decline and its actual vote stall, despite an electorate that has nearly doubled in size over the same period. Parties that don't grow their base lose and risk withering away. The message for the NDP in all these numbers is ominous and it's not just about Adrian Dix. It may have more to do with the brand.