A former BC Premier is not in any rush to be brought back into the NDP fold after letting his membership lapse in disgust.
Mike Harcourt says the NDP won’t get elected to government until the party moves to represent BC’s resource dependent communities.
“New Democrats have to get back to representing the interests of people beyond Hope in the natural resource communities of this province. This province is still based to a very large extent, once you get outside of Vancouver, is based on forestry, fisheries, mining, oil, and ranching. It is a resource based province.”
Harcourt says if they don’t return to representing blue collar workers then the party is in big trouble.
“And if you can’t show blue collar workers, construction trades, and people involved in those activities in towns. You know 150 or 160 cities and communities depend on natural resources that you understand that basic reality of Vancouver then you are not going to get elected.”
Harcourt says the party needs three things to win back his support.
“John is a very talented guy and he has got good leadership qualities but I said there is two other things we need in this province. We need a positive doable agenda for British Columbia, so what is your vision? And three have you got the people on the team to actually run a government. So one out of three. Two to go.”
Harcourt says he will meet with new NDP leader John Horgan this summer.