David Eby acclaimed as Leader of the NDP, becomes Premier-designate in British Columbia

Earlier this year, the Premier of British Columbia, John Horgan, announced he would be stepping down and asked the NDP to hold a leadership contest.  That race abruptly came to an end last week with one candidate being disqualified by the Party’s Provincial Council, leaving David Eby as the sole candidate. He was named party leader on Friday.

A lawyer by trade, Eby was first elected in 2013 and has been re-elected twice since then, most recently in 2020. He has served as Attorney General and Minister of Housing for the province.

Eby will take the reins as Premier at a time of significant economic, health, and environmental challenges, but he already has big plans for the months ahead. In his first address as Leader, Eby named health care, public safety, affordable housing, and climate action as top priorities.

This week, Eby named his transition team - a mix of experienced politicians and fresh faces that suggests changes are coming.  We’re expecting a small-scale cabinet shuffle following Eby’s swearing in and a February budget that reflects ambitious plans for Eby’s four priority areas.

No date has been set for Eby’s swearing in as Premier.

For more information, contact Victoria Cross at victoria@twowestgroup.com

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