WATCH: B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan focusing on energy and improving education
The countdown has begun for B.C.’s official opposition.
It is exactly one year until the next provincial election.
John Horgan will lead the NDP this time around and will try to lay to rest the party’s shocking, and largely unexpected loss to Christy Clark in 2013.
Horgan has started to work on his platform leading up to next year.
‘I want to talk about how you compete in the modern economy and you do that by investing in the next generation of innovators, the next generation of workers and leaders,” said Horgan.
The NDP failed to showcase new ways to create jobs in the 2013 election underneath former leader Adrian Dix.
Clark’s Liberals promised $100M to boost the tech sector and create new jobs.
A major focus for the NDP is bringing the energy sector back to the top, world wide.
“I think we need to talk to British Columbian’s of our future, we need to talk to British Columbian’s about climate change and the enormous opportunity we have to be world leaders.”
He urged that allowing smaller and new energy companies to come to the table is a change he wants to make to the current system.
Going forward he wants to limit the influence that the wealthy have on the government and outcome of elections.
“We’ve already been talking about key elements of the platform when I talk about the proportional representation, when I talk about banning union and corporate donations, when I talk about an energy vision that includes not just those who are coming to government fundraisers,” stated Horgan.
Despite the criticism, Clark’s Liberals managed to improve their popular vote and increase their majority in 2013.
He says he’s inspired by leaders of the previous regime of the NDP.
“I think that balanced approach bringing together the boss and the workers, investment in labour is what leads to success in British Columbia,” said Horgan “I look back at those NDP leaders that have had success and they’ve been able to do that.”