Young New Democrats Convention

We invite you to join Young New Democrats from across the country at our 2021 Virtual NDP Youth Convention on March 20, 2021!

If you are under 26 years of age and a member in good standing of Canada’s NDP you are automatically a member of Canada’s Young New Democrats and eligible to register for our Convention.

If you are interested and available, please contact the President of your Constituency Association (see below) for further details.

Ontario On-line Campaign School

The Ontario NDP campaign school starts March 1 and continues to March 4. There are two classes a day (see https://www.ontariondp.ca/campaign-school-2021 for a complete schedule). Monday’s sessions start at 3:00 pm PST and 4:30 pm PST.  Classes start at 3:00 pm PST and 5:00 pm PST on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. There are sessions on digital campaigning, voter contact, staying on message, and fundraising!
All of the trainings are public facing and anyone can participate.
Questions? Contact:
Danika Skye Hammond (She/Her)
BC Regional Organizer 
(778) 879 – 5844 / danika.hammond@ndp.ca 
Living and working on the traditional, unceded territory of the Sinixt Nation. 

Connecting British Columbia Program

The high cost of providing infrastructure for residents in and around rural and remote communities in B.C. has been identified by municipal governments, First Nations, Regional Districts, regional Internet service providers, and community advocates as one of the key barriers to expanding internet services.

The Connecting British Columbia program helps pay for infrastructure required to deliver high-speed internet connectivity to rural and remote areas of the province.

Over 500 rural and Indigenous communities will benefit from investments made through the Connecting British Columbia program. Locally, these include:

Cariboo Region

  • 100 Mile House
  • 105 Mile House
  • 122 Mile House
  • 93 Mile
  • Bridge Lake
  • Canim Lake
  • Deka Lake
  • Forest Grove
  • Gateway
  • Interlakes
  • Lac la Hache
  • Lone Butte
  • Roe Lake
  • Tatton

Thompson—Okanagan Region

  • 70 Mile House
  • Boston Flats
  • Clinton
  • Savona
  • Copper Creek
  • Lac Le Jeune
  • Little Fort
  • Walhachin
  • Green Lake

Vote!

Today is election day. British Columbians have an important and clear choice to make. We can go back to the BC Liberals—who cut taxes for the rich at the expense of everyone else. Or we can keep helping people—with John Horgan’s plan to keep us healthy, safe and secure through the pandemic and beyond.

Together, we can help people get through this pandemic. We can build a BC where strong public services are always there when people need them. We can create good jobs as we meet the challenge of the climate crisis. And we can work in partnership with Indigenous peoples to ensure that everyone benefits.

But we can only build on the progress we’ve made if British Columbians vote for their BC NDP candidate today. Get out and vote—and bring this home.

Important election day information:

  • Polls are open from 8am to 8pm, pacific time
  • You can vote at any polling place in BC. To find the one nearest you, visit bcndp.ca/where-to-vote
  • Make sure you bring your government-issued photo ID with you to your polling place. If you do not have that, find out other ID options here: https://elections.bc.ca/voting/voter-id/
  • As long as you are in line before 8pm pacific tonight, you can vote.
  • If you requested a ballot and haven’t sent it yet, bring it with you to a polling place before polls close on Election night to make sure it’s received in time.

British Columbians have an important and clear choice to make.

The stakes in this election couldn’t be higher. This is about what kind of government we want to lead us as we face a second wave of COVID-19 and prepare for a brighter future.

During an appearance on a podcast a few weeks ago, Andrew Wilkinson admitted that he wants to cut taxes for the top income tax bracket. That would mean a $216 million tax giveaway to the wealthiest 1% of British Columbians. That’s on top of the BC Liberal platform that offers millionaires tax-free yachts but invests less than half what the BC NDP plan does in health care.

Andrew Wilkinson has the wrong priorities. British Columbians need to ask themselves: do we help the rich get richer or do we invest to help keep people safe and secure through the pandemic? Our votes decide.

There has never been a more important time to invest in health care and fix long-term care for seniors. That’s what John Horgan’s plan does. Instead of helping those that need it the least, John’s plan continues helping people who need it most — keeping us healthy, safe, and secure through the pandemic and beyond.

John’s plan will help families with a $1,000 recovery benefit, improve health care by hiring 7,000 frontline workers for long-term care, and create 18,000 jobs building infrastructure. A re-elected BC NDP government led by John Horgan will move BC forward, not for those at the top, but for all of us.

Wednesday, October 21, is the last day to vote at the advance poll before the October 24 election.

On Monday, John Horgan joined over 470,000 British Columbians who have voted in the advance polls. It was safe, easy, and fast—it took him just five minutes to vote. Today is the last day to vote in advance. People can vote from 8 am to 8 pm at any polling station, no matter where they are in the province. Make sure to tell people to visit bcndp.ca/how-to-vote for details on voting locations and what identification they should bring. Important note: if you still have a mail-in ballot, bring it to any advance poll location.

How Andrew Wilkinson helped a campaign donor devastate Prince Rupert’s economy

As a senior civil servant in 2005, Andrew Wilkinson facilitated a deal between the City of Prince Rupert and a China-based company called Sun Wave Forest Products to reopen a shuttered pulp mill.

When Sun Wave reneged on the deal and left Prince Rupert in the lurch years later, Wilkinson represented the company in a lawsuit against the city. The legal fight between Sun Wave and Prince Rupert cost the city millions in legal fees and hampered the local economy as the court battle dragged on for years:

  • When Wilkinson was Deputy Minister of Economic Development in 2005 and 2006, he facilitated the sale of the closed Skeena Cellulose Pulp Mill in Prince Rupert to Sun Wave Forest Products.
  • That company received a 25-year property tax holiday from the city in return for a promise to re-open the mill by December 31, 2007.
  • When Sun Wave broke its promise and owed millions in back taxes, the City of Prince Rupert took back the site and sought to find a new owner and use for it.
  • Despite his previous role in government on the file, Wilkinson represented Sun Wave when the company sued Prince Rupert between 2010 and 2012.
  • The protracted legal proceedings with Sun Wave cost the City of Prince Rupert $3.5 million and prevented the city from finding another use for the site during the dispute.

Nathan Cullen, Stikine BC NDP candidate:
“When Sun Wave backed out of the bad deal Wilkinson put together, he cashed in and helped the company sue the taxpayers of Prince Rupert. He looked out for himself and BC Liberal donors, and the people of Prince Rupert paid the price.”

Jennifer Rice, North Coast BC NDP candidate:
“Andrew Wilkinson should have walked away from this given his role putting this deal together. He knew exactly how much our town was struggling. Instead, he helped a company devastate our community when we were vulnerable.”

Joy Thorkelson, former Prince Rupert councillor:
“Sun Wave filed lawsuit after lawsuit against our town. It cost us millions and impacted services and taxes. They treated the mill workers and the people of our town like they were nothing. And Andrew Wilkinson helped them.”

Timeline:

2003: Andrew Wilkinson is appointed Deputy Minister of Economic Development (LinkedIn)

2005: Discussions begin with the City of Prince Rupert, Sun Wave and the government of BC on Sun Wave Forest Products on the acquisition of the closed Skeena Pulp Mill in Prince Rupert. (The Globe and Mail)

2005: In his capacity as Deputy Minister, Wilkinson writes a detailed five-page letter to Sun Wave Forest Products. That letter provides information to the company on a number of topics including property taxes, forestry matters and environmental issues related to Sun Wave’s purchase.  “The government of British Columbia welcomes your ideas for restarting the Prince Rupert pulp mill, and we will do our best to provide you with clear answers to your various questions.”  (The Globe and Mail)

2005-2007: Companies involved with the Sun Wave project donate nearly $15,000 to the BC Liberals (Elections BC: Sun Wave & CGR Investments)

2005: Wilkinson indicates that he is involved in forthcoming submission to Treasury Board and Cabinet on the issue. (The Globe and Mail)

2005-2006: Sun Wave Forest Products purchases the mill site and equipment (Urbas.ca)

2006: Prince Rupert agrees to give Sun Wave a 25-year municipal tax holiday in return for reopening the mill by December 31, 2007 (BiV)

2008: After the mill does not open as promised, Prince Rupert moves to acquire the site in return for back taxes. (Black Press)

2010-2012: Now working in the private sector as a corporate lawyer, Andrew Wilkinson represents Sun Wave in a lawsuit over equipment that delays the city’s occupation of the site. (Statement of Claim)

2012: Wilkinson wins the BC Liberal candidate nomination in Vancouver-Quilchena. Bill Belsey, the former BC Liberal MLA for North Coast, takes over the case from Wilkinson. (Black Press)

2012: Jobs Minister Pat Bell provides internal government emails to Belsey about the issue. (Victoria Times-Colonist)

2013-14: Belsey investigated is found guilty of breaking two sections of the Lobbyists Registration Act for not registering as a lobbyist. He appeals the decision but it is upheld. (The Tyee)

2010-2017: The dispute drags on, costing Prince Rupert $3.5 million dollars in legal costs. (The Northern View)

2017: The City finds a tenant for the site, Pembina Pipeline Corporation. (The Northern View)