Tuesday, April 8, 2014

BC Politics

Horgan's Hope

Farnworth drops out of BC NDP leadership race, throws support behind Horgan



arlier today, Juan de Fuca MLA John Horgan announced that his only competitor in the race for leadership of the BC NDP, Port Coquitlam MLA Mike Farnworth, dropped his bid and has now thrown his support behind him instead.


“Mike Farnworth is a great MLA," said Horgan in a release on Tuesday. "He has done so much for our party and our province. I am grateful for his support, and the support of so many members of our caucus, as we build a team that will earn the votes of British Columbians in 2017 and make life better for all B.C. families.”


Horgan spokesperson, Shamus Reid, told the Voice in an e-mail Tuesday, that despite the recent turn of events, it will be business as usual and they still plan to move ahead with the campaign until the end of April.


"The deadline to register as a candidate is May 1, so our campaign continues forward growing the Party and seeking support for John's leadership," said spokesperson Shamus Reid, adding membership "will discuss with the BC NDP executive what happens if there are no additional candidates as of May 1."


Horgan said that he was taking nothing for granted, and plans on bringing "real leadership for all of BC."


His tour is expected to stop in Vancouver, Merritt, Kamloops, Nanaimo, the Okanagan and the Kootenays in the weeks ahead.



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