|Christy ClarkChristy Clark was sworn in as the premier of British Columbia on March 14th, 2011. Since then, Clark has positioned herself as a champion of three causes: putting families first, creating jobs, and open government. Prior to her time as premier, Clark was a popular radio host, and before that served as minister of education and deputy minister, among other roles in government and politics during her career.
As premier, Clark has articulated a number of priorities. She has championed B.C.’s LNG potential, likening the resource to that of oil in Alberta. She has also advanced her “Jobs Plan” which incorporates specific commitments to skills training, attracting investment, trade and a balanced budget. More recently, her government has faced criticism over a strategy to attract ethno cultural voters.
Adrian Dix is the leader of the BC NDP. He was elected leader in April 2011. First elected as an MLA in 2005, Dix has served as the opposition critic for children and families and health. Prior to becoming party leader, Dix was chief of staff to former B.C. premier Glen Clark. Dix has also worked in the education sector.
Dix’s leadership of the NDP campaign will likely focus on change and presenting the BC NDP as a safe, pragmatic, and compassionate choice for British Columbians who want to see a “new direction”. Dix promises to run a positive campaign focused on a few priorities. NDP promises will include improving skills training, reasserting BC’s responsibility over environmental reviews, and reducing inequality.