Dix stepping down as B.C. NDP leader

Decision comes after party failed to form government in May

Adrian Dix announced late Wednesday that he is stepping down as provincial NDP leader.

Adrian Dix announced late Wednesday that he is stepping down as provincial NDP leader.

B.C.’s official opposition is looking for a new leader.

Adrian Dix announced Wednesday that he is resigning as NDP leader, but he will stay on until a replacement is found by mid-2014 at the latest.

“In the meantime, I intend to continue to lead our party and caucus in the important work of holding the Liberals to account for the promises they made during the election and their actions since,” he said.

“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. In the face of cynicism, it is our duty to nourish the need to aspire, to hope and to offer hope. Not by imitating our opponents at their worst or our critics at their most cynical but by speaking to the best in people. And of course to never ever give up.”

Dix’s leadership has been in question since the May provincial election when the Liberals earned another term despite polls showing the NDP were poised for victory.

“It has become clear to me that the best interests of our party mean that I need to step aside for a new leader, who can lead us to victory in 2017,” he said.

Dix, who is Vancouver-Kingsway MLA, has been party leader since 2011.