VANCOUVER–BC New Democratic Party President Moe Sihota announced today he is stepping down as party president when his term ends this November. First elected to the role in 2009, Sihota’s term was renewed by party convention delegates in December 2011.
“It has been an immense privilege to serve our party and supporters over these four years. I want to personally thank the members, as well as our caucus, for the faith they expressed in me.
“I am proud of some of the great strides forward we have made together, and am also excited about our shared future. Our party possesses a great deal of talent, and is a key reason in my decision to step down. It is time for the next chapter in the BC NDP's history, which means a new generation of leadership. “
Sihota’s service and accomplishments, both as a party executive and in electoral politics, received praise from Adrian Dix and Carole James, the two party leaders Sihota served.
“Moe's dedication, intelligence and good humour is remarkable. As President, he helped the party modernize its fundraising capacity, and move forward in implementing a strong outreach plan involving the business community,” said Dix.
"Moe has made an enormous contribution to the NDP and to our province over many years" said James. "What I appreciated most was Moe's tireless driving across the province to meet and work with constituency associations."