Adrian Dix offers a hint that he may try to remain B.C. NDP leader
This morning on CBC Radio, Adrian Dix gave the clearest indication yet that he might try to stay on as B.C. NDP leader.
Dix declared that party leaders are often "stronger the second time around and the third time around".
He also pointed out that former Manitoba premier Gary Doer lost three elections before winning power.
"We lost the election, but we received 40 percent of the vote, 716,000 votes," Dix told CBC Radio host Rick Cluff.
He made the comments in an interview responding to Premier Christy Clark's recent meeting with B.C. Federation of Labour president Jim Sinclair and B.C. and Yukon Building Trades Council executive director Tom Sigurdson.
Dix sidestepped Cluff question about whether the B.C. NDP can renew itself with him as leader.
Later in the interview, Dix said it was the third election loss in a row for the B.C. NDP by a four-percent margin, equating his performance to that of former leader Carole James.
James's former chief of staff, Ian Reid, has blogged that Dix must resign in the wake of the NDP election loss.
With Dix as leader, the B.C. NDP captured 39.71 percent of the vote, compared to 44.14 percent for the B.C. Liberals. The party led by Premier Christy Clark ended up with 49 seats; the B.C. NDP elected 34 MLAs.
In 2009 with Carole James as leader, the B.C. NDP captured 42.15 percent of the vote and took 35 seats, compared to 49 for the B.C. Liberals.
In 2005 with James at the helm, the B.C. NDP took 41.52 percent of the vote and 33 seats. The party's 731,719 votes in 2005 were the most it has ever received.
In 2013, the B.C. NDP obtained 715,999 votes and experienced a 2.44-percent drop in percentage of the popular vote over the previous election.
Dix is meeting with the caucus this afternoon following news that the B.C. Liberal government won't be recalling the legislature.
He indicated to Cluff that he will reveal his intentions about the party leadership next week after he has spoken to a few more people.
In the meantime, Dix has written a tribute to former Chilean president Salvador Allende, who was overthrown in a U.S.-backed military coup on September 11, 1973.