With MLA Mike Farnworth confirming rumors that he was bowing out of the race, Tuesday afternoon in Victoria, MLA John Horgan is now set to become the next B.C. NDP Leader.
“Yes, today marks the end of my campaign for B.C. NDP leader,” Farnworth announced at a news conference.
Farnworth continued by noting that he and Horgan share a vision to unite the NDP and win the 2017 election.
Horgan, who had originally stated he would not run for the party leadership and favoured newer blood stepping forward for the future, was persuaded by members of the party to challenge when only Farnworth entered the race.
“Mike Farnworth, thank you so much. I couldn’t be prouder of him today,” said Horgan at the news conference.
Although a leadership convention is scheduled for September, it is now expected that Horgan will be simply affirmed as leader.
Currently the party is led by MLA Adrian Dix, who announced he was stepping down following a surprising defeat by Liberal Christy Clark in the 2013 provincial election.