Topp to run BC NDP election campaign

A key player in the federal New Democratic Party's "Orange Crush" breakthrough on May 2 will run the BC NDP's attempt to replicate that political success provincially. Brian Topp, who co-chaired the NDP's platform committee and coordinated preparation for the leaders' debate in the federal campaign, will manage the provincial party's campaign and co-chair its election planning committee, NDP Leader Adrian Dix confirmed on Tuesday.

"I think we saw in the last federal election and the previous federal elections that Brian can deliver an excellent campaign. We've got great skills and great people in British Columbia, and I think Brian being involved will add to that," the party leader said, adding that he has known Mr. Topp for more than 20 years.

Mr. Dix said he was talking to Mr. Topp about becoming more involved with the provincial New Democrats even before this year's federal vote as a result of the role he played during the 2006 and 2008 federal election campaigns.

Those elections, during which Mr. Topp was the party's national campaign
director, saw the NDP's seat count go to 37 from 18. But the real breakthrough came on May 2, when the caucus ballooned to 103 and became the official
Opposition.

"I think he's got great skills in developing a message and developing an excellent tour for the leader and secondary tours for our very strong team - people like Mike Farnworth and Carole James and John Horgan," Mr. Dix said.

Mr. Topp has already worked with the B.C. New Democrats, having had a short-term contract to advise the caucus executive earlier this year.

"Brian's come and spoke to our caucus a couple times about different issues," Mr. Dix confirmed. "And I think it's fair to say that Brian has the confidence - not just of me in our long-standing and positive relationship - but of the caucus and the NDP."

Mr. Topp's appointment as campaign manager is big change for the B.C. New Democrats, who have given that job in the past two elections to Gerry Scott, who managed Mr. Dix's leadership campaign.

But Mr. Dix stressed the party stalwart will still be involved in the upcoming election, describing him as "an important friend and adviser to me."

Mr. Topp was also recently elected the president of the federal NDP.

8 Comments

More of the same run to the left.

The Orange Crush happened in no small part because the Fed Liberal Party forgot how to fight dirt with dirt, how to develop great policy and how to marginalize socialism the Christy Clark/Gordon Campbell/Alise Mills way!

Almost always can guarantee that Josef K will be first to post. The fact that he has no idea about the guy doesn't slow down Joe at all. Wonder what Josef K would comment about Pammy martin getting a 130,000 a year job to help out Ms. Perky Christy, and we of course pay that salary

Avoter, it's Pamela Martin and Premier Christy Clark, MLA. I've already commented on the subject.

So have I Josefk but unlike you I get to pay form Clark's paying somebody all that money. I read somewhere that you don't actually live in BC, so why the big interest? Please correct me if I read something that was wrong.

Avoter, I think it's questionable BCers have to pay for the personable Premier I like from afar to have an outreach director. I think this Premier is running away from herself.

JosefK. Your posts are getting tedious and inane.

Hal, fighting anti-freedom NDPers gets tedious and inane. I would welcome a wingman or wingwoman down here to keep those fringe NDPers on their toes.

Are you sure you real name isn't Oliver North. In Canada we are much more civilized and terms like "anti-freedom" one or the other are just so much Thatcher-Reagan inane silliness. The NDP are social democrats so I guess a little social democracy scares you living south of the border.

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