Adrian Dix has announced he will step aside as leader of the B.C. NDP.
At a news conference in downtown Vancouver, Dix told reporters that he plans to stay on until a leadership vote is held.
“It’s been a great privilege for me to lead the B.C. NDP, for which I will always remain grateful," he said.
"It’s been a great privilege to work with a caucus of extraordinary MLAs, whose commitment and passion is on display every day. We worked together as an extremely effective team in the run-up to the election; that we fell short on election day is my responsibility as leader."
Dix noted that while the decision on timing of a leadership contest will ultimately be made by his party, he hopes a vote will be held by mid-2014 at the latest.
He added that whoever is chosen as the next leader of the party will have his “complete support" and "relentless effort” in preparation for the next provincial election in 2017.
“We must take on a Liberal government that seems to reduce everything to its partisan advantage, and in doing so we must not leave any stone unturned,” he stated.
The B.C. Liberals swept to a surprise majority win in the May 2013 B.C. election—results that Dix described as a "very disappointing defeat" for the NDP.
“I think as a party, we have to move forward,” he said. “We have to learn the lessons of that…learn the lessons, but not fixate on it. Because we have work to do, holding the Liberal party to account first of all, and getting our own house in order and preparing for a coming election."
Dix, who met with his caucus earlier today, is scheduled to address his constituents in Vancouver-Kingsway this evening.
The MLA has been the leader of the B.C. NDP since the party's leadership race in April 2011.