BC NDP Convention delegates vote
After 16 years of the BC Liberals putting the wealthy few ahead of working British Columbians, BC NDP Convention delegates passed resolutions that affirmed their support for the BC NDP government’s efforts to build a sustainable economy that benefits everyone. Two resolutions debated and passed focused on supporting BC’s forestry industry, which has been hard hit in recent months by fires across the interior. One resolution encourages support for family-owned mills and local forestry operators throughout BC by ensuring they have an adequate supply of wood fibre. The other pledges support for Premier John Horgan and the BC NDP government’s advocacy on behalf of BC forestry workers and BC mills in ongoing softwood lumber negotiations. After years of BC Liberal mismanagement of the forestry industry, including unnecessary delays to a softwood deal with the United States and the loss of tens of thousands of forestry jobs in rural BC, delegates were adamant for the need to ensure rural communities have the support to create vibrant, local economic development. BC NDP delegates also recognized the need to expand rapid transit in the Lower Mainland and Central Okanagan to make up for years of inaction by the BC Liberals. BC NDP party delegates demonstrated their support for the government’s focus on making transit a priority and recognized the importance of a robust transit system in making life more affordable for British Columbians in Metro Vancouver. The BC NDP Convention ran Friday through Sunday. More than 800 New Democrats gathered at the Victoria Conference Centre to debate policy resolutions, participate in trainings and workshops and hear speakers.