John Horgan has been acclaimed the new Leader of the BC NDP and Leader of BC’s Official Opposition.
“Today, New Democrats are uniting behind John Horgan’s strong leadership,” said Craig Keating, President of the BC NDP. “John is a leader who understands that BC needs a balanced approach to everything we do – ensuring that communities benefit as our province moves forward.”
Amidst some controversy over the "one-horse race" for leadership after prominent candidates including Mike Farnworth and George Heyman withdrew their names, Horgan has succeeded Adrian Dix as the next challenger to BC Liberal Premier Christy Clark.
First elected to the BC Legislature in 2005 and serving as MLA for Juan de Fuca, Horgan has been praised as someone who understands the need for 'balance' between sustainability and resource development in BC. According to the Globe and Mail, his main priority is in developing a credible resource development plan that still maintains BC's natural environment.
Horgan’s official inauguration will be taking place on Sunday.