Vancouver Island MLA John Horgan launched his NDP leadership campaign today with a promise to change the party’s focus from in-fighting to cooperation focused on challenging the sitting government:
It’s time to pull together as New Democrats and take the fight to the B.C. Liberals. Under my leadership, the NDP will present voters with a credible, pragmatic alternative to a government that has ignored the needs and interests of British Columbians for far too long.
Horgan made the announcement this evening in Langford and was introduced by MLAs Maurine Karagianis (Esquimalt-Royal Roads) and Scott Fraser (Alberni-Pacific Rim). He also said that he hopes many more caucus members will provide support. Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer has written that Horgan is a likely frontrunner.
Maureen Karagianis described Horgan as smart, passionate, articulate, able to listen and capable of uniting the party. Horgan also unveiled his campaign website horganforbc.ca and encouraged those who supported his bid but were not yet members of the BC NDP to visit the website and join the party before January 17, 2011.
Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer provides a profile of Horgan HERE.
Another Postmedia writer, Times Colonist Rob Shaw describes Horgan HERE, writing:
He has been described as a backroom enforcer with a deep understanding of the cutthroat world of politics, and is known for bombastic rhetoric in the legislature and a blunt style some have attributed to temper.
Sean Holman‘s Public Eye gives fairly comprehensive material HERE about Horgan
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