March 23, 2014 5:40 pm
Updated: March 23, 2014 5:49 pm

NDP leadership candidate John Horgan announces support from 10 new MLAs

John Horgan announces the endorsements of 10 new MLAs in his bid to become the next NDP leader.

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B.C. NDP leadership hopeful John Horgan showed off his new supporters at the end of his first week of campaigning.

Ten new MLAs endorsed Horgan at a New Westminster rally today, increasing his support in the NDP caucus to 15 MLAs.

“Real leadership isn’t a jobs plan that delivers the worst job creation record in Canada,” said Horgan in a statement. “Real leadership is setting ambitious and achievable goals for better jobs, education, health care and environmental protection, and bringing British Columbians together to achieve those goals.”

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Among the new Horgan supporters are Harry Bains, Mable Elmore, Sue Hammell and Michelle Mungall – four of the five MLAs who supported Adrian Dix in the 2011 leadership race.

Former NDP leader Carole James was the first MLA to publicly support Horgan.

Horgan is running to replace Adrian Dix, who said he would step down as leader last year. Party members will elect a new leader from September 24 to September 27.

Originally Horgan said he wasn’t going to run for the job, but changed his mind after a number of NDP MPs and MLAs declined to run. The most recent would-be candidate to bow out was Victoria MLA Rob Fleming, who announced his decision yesterday.

Horgan’s only competition for the job is fellow MLA Mike Farnworth, who announced his candidacy earlier this month. Farnworth has not launched a full campaign website or announced supporters – but has said that will happen in the coming weeks.

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