B.C. legislature wraps summer session as NDP contemplates future
As the B.C. legislature wrapped up its short summer session today, NDP leader Adrian Dix said he will take the rest of the summer to reflect on his future as leader of the party.
The Liberal government called the 17-day session to pass its budget after winning the election.
But Premier Christy Clark was never able join the MLAs because her Kelowna byelection win was only confirmed on the last day of the legislative sitting while she is away at the premiers' conference.
Liberal house leader Mike de Jong says the government hasn't decided whether it will follow the legislative calendar and reconvene in October or early next year.
"It takes a lot of work to prepare the legislation that is tabled here for consideration and so we'll probably determine in September whether the house will sit in the fall," said de Jong.
NDP looks to November convention
While the government contemplates new legislation, NDP house leader John Horgan admits his party will be contemplating its future.
Horgan says the party convention will also include an analysis of why the party lost an election it was expecting to win, and what it can do to win in the future.
"Do we have more work to do in terms of the party and the apparatus and a host of other leadership issues? Yes we do," said Horgan.
The party will vote on whether Dix should continue as leader at its convention in November. But on Thursday Dix hinted he may decide his own future before then.
"The main consideration for me is the public interest, the interests of the NDP and how we present a positive agenda that will lead to a change in government," said Dix
"Those are all things that I'll reflect upon and whatever role I play, I'm going to continue to work to give everything I have to that job in the future."