Succinct comments from a few of BC’s mainstream pundits indicate that Adrian Dix is the NDP leadership candidate who most worries their cohorts, the BC Liberals. In politics, little time is wasted on maligning those expected to be also-rans.
Omnipresent Keith Baldrey writes,“The Liberals seem to relish the prospect of running against Dix.” Baldrey called Dix a mirror image of Kevin Falcon, “albeith on the left-wing side of the spectrum.” Elsewhere, the Liberal’s favorite commentator accuses Dix of being closely involved with “class warfare tactics.”
Sean Holman leads a Public Eye piece with a quote from someone who calls Dix “the most left-wing candidate.”
Vaughn Palmer, noting that Joy McPhail had scoffed at descriptions of Dix as a left-wing ideologue, gave this sarcastic response, “Right. And Kevin Falcon is a socialist.”
Ian Bailey of the Globe and Mail wrote Dix “has been seen as tilting to the left of the NDP spectrum.” Bailey doesn’t explain that statement but the Globe and Mail publishes a fair and balanced review of Dix.
The Times Colonist took a more useful approach. Rather than attaching questionable labels, TC asked eight important policy questions of all candidates. Adrian Dix, unlike the others, responded with answers. Here is the exchange:
Do you personally favour scrapping the HST?
What is your plan to balance [the deficit] by the end of 2013 (the current plan). . .
Dix: While the Times Colonist will be provided more information on revenue measures and program priorities later in the campaign, giving massive tax breaks to large, profitable banks while increasing MSP premiums will not be an a budgetary measure under an NDP government I lead.
Numerous reports have called for reform of the court system to reduce trial delay. Will you act on these reports?
Will you raise the minimum wage in the next 12 months?
Post-secondary tuition rates are capped at the rate of inflation, but some university administrators believe the cap should be removed. Do you agree?
Privacy groups are concerned the B.C. government is compiling a cradle-to-grave electronic dossier on every citizen. Do you support this project?
Dix: No. Groups and officials like the privacy commissioner have raised valid concerns about how the government has undertaken the integrated case management project, including inadequate assessment.
Most experts believe [traffic snarls] can only be managed with a major investment in public transit. Will you commit to making that investment?
Dix: Yes. Last week I expressed my position that the carbon tax be applied toward sustainable transportation like public transit and other green infrastructure.
Farm-gate producers on Vancouver Island are being driven out of business by needlessly severe health and safety regulations. Will you relax them?
Dix: Yes. Farm-gate sales have been permitted in other communities, proof that licences can be provided while maintaining health standards.
There you have it. Dix speaks to fair taxation, judicial reform, a minimum wage not the lowest in Canada, moderation of tuition fee increases, protection of privacy, public transit and support to farmers. That makes him a left-winger?