NDP's Adrian Dix says he's a candidate of substance, whereas Christy Clark only offers style

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In addition to forcing the B.C. Liberals to appoint an independent representative for children and youth, Dix cited his record in bringing insulin pumps to children with Type 1 diabetes and his work on a successful campaign to stop three schools from being closed in Vancouver-Kingsway.

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"I don't think there is anyone, any MLA in the legislature, certainly on the Opposition side, who has been able to achieve as much as an Opposition MLA," Dix said. "As premier, I think I would do the same thing [and create] broad coalitions to bring people together and achieve results. That's what matters in politics."

Dix questions the need for a Site C dam

One of the biggest decisions facing the next government is whether or not to proceed with the proposed $5-billion to $6.6-billion Site C dam on the Peace River. According to a 2002 consultant’s report, the 1.1-kilometre earthfill dam—which would include 300 metres of concrete structures—would flood 4,600 hectares of land and another 4,840 hectares of the watercourse.

Dix accused the B.C. Liberal government of contracting far more power, at expensive rates, than the province needed.

“A phony definition of self-sufficiency in B.C. has driven all these private power projects,” he said. “So we’ve now got a surplus of very expensive power, and the consequence of that is massive increases in Hydro rates. That’s one of the consequences. The other is some environmental damage. And I think that is the reality we’re facing, which is that we’re overcommitted now to [an] expensive private supply of energy, so that raises questions about the need for Site C power.”

In addition, Dix stated that the B.C. Liberal government has refused to include the downstream benefits from the Columbia River Treaty in its calculations of energy self-sufficiency.

Under the 1964, agreement between the U.S. and Canada, B.C. was required to build three dams to store 15.5-million acre-feet of water in the Columbia Basin. This increased the opportunity for power generation south of the border. In return, B.C. received one-half of the extra power, which it sold for US$254 million over a 30-year period.

Those sales contracts expired between 1998 and 2003, at which point these supplies of electricity returned to B.C. Most of the power could be received near Blaine, but according to a paper by George Hoberg and Christopher Mallon, B.C. Hydro continues to sell these downstream benefits into the U.S. market.

“We could take them any time we wanted to at Blaine—if we wanted the downstream-power benefit,” Dix said. “They’ve excluded that from consideration when they talk of self-sufficiency. Why? Because they only contract for more power that’s very expensive."

He claimed that the effect of this decision is to shift the benefit of the publicly owned dams over to private contractors, which detracts from the public interest.


Video: Adrian Dix tells Straight editor Charlie Smith that he’s not conceding any votes on the environment.

In the 1990s, Dix sat on the board of B.C. Hydro and was involved in some controversial decisions, including a plan to proceed with a natural-gas pipeline to Vancouver Island, which would fuel gas-fired power plants. When asked about this and other questionable environmental moves during the Glen Clark era—including the removal of the Six Mile Ranch from the Agricultural Land Reserve—Dix responded that the NDP government also created a huge number of parks, improved environmental standards, and enhanced the environmental-assessment process.

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Ken Lawson
How can you say that Dix, you never have been in power to prove that!
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Bruno15
Dude, you were the Chief of Staff of the WORST GOVERNMENT IN BC HISTORY as judged by the voters of this province. Do you have any credibility in proclaiming anyone to be the worst at anything. How are you even viable as a candidate? Seriously, I'd vote for Dana before I voted for you.
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David S
While I appreciate what Mr. Dix wants to do, I would like an explanation of how we will pay for everything. Rhetoric aside, please gives us numbers we all can crunch.
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Young New Democrat
He is the smartest and the most hard working NDP leadership candidate.
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Jack Rothwell
What the media will never tell you, and what the politicians will never tell you, is that the most egregious abuse of human rights takes place under the guise of protecting children. MCFD and their social workers take children from good parents every day, and those parents never get their children back, because the judges rubber stamp their removals. The kids then get bounced from foster home to foster home, and many end up on the street, addicted, in jail, or dead. MCFD and the social workers always, always claim that more money and more laws and more social workers are the problem. The problem is this: MCFD has too much power, they abuse the power they have, they don't "protect" the children who need protecting, but they destroy good families without a second thought. This is the story the media has never told, either because they are too stupid or too corrupt.
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seth
John "Hulk" Horgan is a much better speaker/debater than Dix. Christy Clark and her MSM team of pundits would have no chance against Horgan who'd open up a can of Hulk style whoopass on them that they'd never forget.

Actually Bruno, the current BC Government is the worst in history taking the NDP's budget surplus of over a $1B to a massive deficit today and increasing BC's debt from $34B under the NDP to more than $100B today with 3 P's included.

That the Canwest/Gordo team managed to do all that through one of the biggest economic booms in BC history speaks greatly to their incompetence.
seth
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Strong New Democrat
@ Davud S - how many BCLiberals have you demanded the numbers from? I don't recall seeing you ask any of them how they would pay for their pie in the sky ideas.
@YND - I disagree as I am aware that both Farnworth & Horgan are working like dogs right now. They are all working very hard and any one of them will be fine as our Premier. I persoanlly hope John Horgan wins as I find him the most thoughtful, direct and personable. He also has the least amount of bad past practices on the table for the media to nail him with..
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glen p robbins
Adrian Dix does have more substance than Christy Clark - and would crush her - on Education and Children and Families.

However, I suspect that both Mike Farnworth and John Horgan are more substantive politicians than she is.

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monty/that's me
I will take Adrian's substance over girly-girl's style any day. He is articulate, extremely bright, humble and does not have that creepy "I am not a lobbyist" guy lurking in the background.
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Dan Clay
Great article and I await a provincial election to rid us of these neo cons phoney liberals. Their whole run of 10 years is one of lies..starting with their name Liberal...Cant wait to kick these cons out...
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welldoneson
Seth, your so-called "Canwest/Gordo team" created that booming economy. You knee dippers keep referring to the NDP's billion dollar surplus - that's total BS. The Harcourt/Clark NDP put BC in to have-not status. That's right, BC was actually getting equalization payments.
The "economic slowdown" you dips refer to only affected BC; not Alaska, the Yukon, Alberta, Washinton State. That's because the NDP's idiotic economic policies created that, not economic conditions.
And Dix was part and parcel of the Clark admin, even lying and filing fake memos for the little creep. Dix is an anchor on the NDP.
Not that it makes any difference, it's so obvious to so many people that the NDP are nothing but shills for labor and most NDP supporters don't have the first clue how uninformed/misinformed they are. What a joke.
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Steve Y
All the NDP leaders are one note... the environment, the environment, the environment. Somehow I don't expect that most British Columbians, facing a province that is 99.9% untouched wilderness and raising prices and declining job opportunities are going to be that concerned about the environment. But maybe it's just me.
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squeak61
Sorry Adrian your not the only reason or person/persons who pushed for the childrens represenative. Furthermore you have no subsatnce just an inflated airbag. You did nothing and I mean nothing concerning issues in the Comox Valley and you still continue to ignore them. You let people down.
Canada's Twin#1
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Ken Lawson
Im begining to wonder is the The Georgia Strait a wing nut pro NDP outlet, you would almost think so with the posts, are the NDP supporters working overtime to night!
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elinor
Substance can be a consistency of many things
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