Joy MacPhail backs Adrian Dix for B.C. NDP leadership
Longtime B.C. New Democrat Joy MacPhail has endorsed party leadership candidate Adrian Dix.
MacPhail announced the support today (January 27) in Vancouver.
In a news release, she credited Dix for his commitment to progressive politics, defence of the public interest, and efforts to build the NDP.
“Adrian’s mastery of the issues and ability to effect positive change is on full display in and out of the legislature, where he is the most effective critic for the official opposition,” she said in the release.
“His skill in mobilizing activists and citizens around issues also reflects his effective leadership style. He is taking a strong stand on jobs and the economy, the environment, health care and education, and that is what the NDP needs and that is what B.C. needs.”
“Adrian’s dedication to grow the New Democratic movement is recognized throughout B.C. NDP members across the province have sought out his help and he has been there for them time and time again. Adrian gets results – and he will lead our party to victory in the next election.”
MacPhail was one of only two NDP MLAs to win a seat during a B.C. Liberal landslide in the 2001 provincial election.
Dix, who entered the leadership race on January 17, has served two terms as MLA for Vancouver-Kingsway since he was first elected to the legislature in 2005.
He had held the role of Opposition health services critic until a shadow cabinet shuffle yesterday.
The NDP leadership vote is April 17.