Adrian Dix was elected leader of the BC New Democrats in April 2011.
Since then, he has put the alarming growth of inequality onto the political map as a key issue facing British Columbia. He also led the NDP’s successful fight against the HST.
Adrian was first elected as an MLA in 2005 and quickly earned a reputation as one of the most effective opposition critics, both in the legislature and out. He has consistently raised awareness of key issues and forced needed change in the public interest.
After uncovering the harm Liberal cuts were causing to vulnerable children, Adrian was instrumental in establishing BC's Representative for Children and Youth. The new post gave vulnerable kids a voice and restored accountability to government. He also helped expose a crisis in seniors' care, resulting in an investigation by BC's ombudsperson.
Since being elected to represent Vancouver-Kingsway, Adrian has forged a reputation as a passionate advocate for his constituents and their issues. In 2010, he played a leading role in a coalition that saved important neighborhood schools from being closed in East Vancouver. He tirelessly attends community events in his riding and regularly goes door-to-door to stay in touch with his constituents.
Adrian’s commitment to quality public education is well known. Prior to becoming an MLA, Adrian was the executive director for Canadian Parents for French, BC-Yukon Branch, a non-profit organization promoting language education. During his tenure he increased its profile, influence and capacity.
From 1996 to 1999, he served as Chief of Staff to Premier Glen Clark.
Between 2001 and 2005, Adrian was a sought-after political commentator and journalist, writing a column for the Victoria Times Colonist and the Source, a prominent multicultural newspaper in Vancouver. He was also a contributor to the Tyee and CBC.
Adrian was raised in Vancouver and is a graduate of UBC. He is married to writer Renée Saklikar.