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Deepak says Dix's leadership never in question for him
Former NDP candidate Bobby Deepak says, for him, Adrian Dix’s leadership of the party was never in question.
For others, however, it was and the Dix announced Wednesday he would be stepping down as soon as the party choose a new leader.
“He made a good contribution to the party after (former leader) Carole James resigned,” Deepak, who ran in the Prince George-Mackenzie riding in the May 14 election. “He really put his heart into it.”
In making his decision to step down as leader, Dix said he put the party ahead of personal ambition.
“It has become clear to me that the best interests of our party mean that I need to step aside for a new leader, who can lead us to victory in 2017,” Dix said in a statement released Wednesday afternoon.
Dix said it’s his hope that a new leader can be chosen by mid-2014. That decision, however, will be up to the party.
“In the meantime, I intend to continue to lead our party and caucus in the important work of holding the Liberals to account for the promises they made during the election and their actions since.
“We must take on a Liberal government that seems to reduce everything to its partisan advantage, and in doing so we must not leave any stone unturned,” Dix said. “In the face of cynicism, it is our duty to nourish the need to aspire, to hope and to offer hope. Not by imitating our opponents at their worst or our critics at their most cynical but by speaking to the best in people. And of course to never ever give up.”
As for Deepak, the party needs to take a hard look at the election, not the leader.
“There needs to be an in-depth analysis of the election,” Deepak said. “The party need to put together a program heading into the next election.”
Deepak remains involved in the party and is the new president of the riding association.