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Metro Talks: B.C. NDP leader John Horgan confident about winning 2017 election
'I’m going to try as hard as I can to be a populist alternative to a premier that I believe is out of touch,' says B.C. NDP leader John Horgan.
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The next provincial election is still 11 months away but Leader of the Opposition John Horgan says he is ready to take on the BC Liberals – a party that has not lost an election for almost 20 years.
The B.C. NDP have lost four elections in a row, unable to take advantage of several unpopular policy decisions and scandals made by the Liberal government in recent decades.
“My job now is to learn from those mistakes,” said Horgan, who plans to appeal to voters’ values.
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“I want to focus not just on issues, because issues always divide people, but value-based politics. I want people to look at the two options and say, I think that guy is more in tune with my values.”
Horgan told Metro’s editorial board he will also learn from the successes of other people’s campaigns.
“I often say I’m going to out-smile Christy. She’s an outstanding campaigner and I have to demonstrate that I can campaign as effectively as her.”
Horgan already has an election planning committee in place, looking for campaign lessons from everyone from Justin Trudeau to Bernie Sanders.
“I’m looking at what did Trudeau do that made such an impact in Eastern Canada,” he said.
“I’m following very closely with what is happening in the U.S. with Bernie and I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to emulate some of that.”
The B.C. NDP are the underdogs in the race, according to Horgan, whose party receives 82 per cent of their donations from individuals.
“I’m going to try as hard as I can to be a populist alternative to a premier that I believe is out of touch.”