BC’s Attorney General David Eby puts hat in ring to replace John Horgan as NDP leader

BC’s attorney general David Eby has announced he’s running for the NDP leadership to replace current Premier John Horgan.

Flanked by his colleagues, an exuberant Eby told a small crowd at the Kitsilano Neighborhood House — located within his riding of Vancouver Point Gray — that he is the best choice to become the next premier of BC

In his speech, Eby noted that he has the support of 48 of his NDP MLA colleagues. He made it clear that his priority will be offering more provincial support to develop new housing for BC’s growing population. Beyond that, Eby said he will work to build safer and stronger communities.

“A home is not secure if you can’t afford it or if it’s not safe… the NDP has never shied away from delivering public solutions to failing public markets whether it’s child care, pharma care, housing or car insurance.”

Eby is best known for his efforts in overhauling ICBC, leading the provincial inquiry into money laundering and pushing for municipalities to develop more affordable housing — efforts that have garnered him plenty of supporters and critics over the years.

He is the only candidate to step forward so far and many of his notable colleagues have already bowed out of the race. Before announcing his bid on Tuesday (July 19), Eby resigned from his roles in cabinet — a move that is required to run in the leadership race. Eby would not comment on who should replace him as attorney general if he does become the next premiere.

Premier John Horgan announced in late June that he would not be seeking re-election. Horgan has led the NDP since 2014 and brought the party historic electoral success. The 62-year-old cited his recovery from a recent bout with cancer as a reason for

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Attorney General David Eby On Track to Be BC’s Next Premier

BC could see new leadership as early as November, with Attorney General David Eby officially in the running to be the next leader of the province’s NDP.

Eby announced his much-anticipated news to run for leadership yesterday evening at Kitsilano Neighborhood House in his Vancouver-Point Gray riding. Securing NDP leadership would position him to be BC’s next premier and successor to current NDP leader and Premier, John Horgan.

This follows an announcement by Horgan in June that he will not be seeking re-election in 2024 and will be stepping down from his long-running leadership position. Horgan has led the BC NDP since 2014 and has faced many challenges to achieving housing affordability the province afternoon needs. He will be stepping down as premiere when a new NDP leader is selected, but will remain a MLA until the 2024 re-election. He has cited health concerns as one of the reasons for stepping down.

Ahead of his likely election, Eby is saying all the right things.

“I think I can deliver consistency and certainty at a very inconsistent time,” Eby said yesterday in Kitsilano. “If I am successful British Columbians should not expect any radical changes from what John is doing. But if I am successful I definitely see some opportunities to respond to needs in fast growing communities. Around housing. Around essential infrastructure. Around awarding those cities that are approving that we need.”

He is also doing all the right things.

Prior to announcing his bid, Eby resigned from his roles in cabinet, fuelling talks around town that he would throw his hat in the ring for leadership.

Eby, who is formally trained as a civil rights lawyer, has a track record of advocating for affordable housing and police reform, and tackling tough issues head-on. Most recently, he was involved with

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