09/20/2013 08:48 EDT | Updated 11/20/2013 05:12 EST

'We don't need a second Liberal party,' says Dix

As the B.C. NDP heads towards a leadership contest, outgoing leader Adrian Dix says questions about its policies and priorities need to be handled carefully.

"We don't need a second [B.C.] Liberal party," says Dix.

While Dix agrees the party needs to improve to win, he does not think it should be at the expense of its core values.

"We need to be proud of who we are and what we stand for," he says.

"We need to adjust our answers to the challenges of the times, which in some cases are new and challenging realities."

If the B.C. NDP takes a new direction will depend largely on decisions made at its upcoming convention in November--where a new executive and new leader could be chosen.