FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 14, 2020
VICTORIA – The latest BC NDP candidate announcement confirms the New Democrats are the party of blockades, protests, and chaos, with Stephanie Papik coming forward to succeed Carole James in Victoria-Beacon Hill.
Papik caused controversy last February as an active supporter of the illegal blockade of the Legislature that forced the closure of the building to the public, and culminated in activists occupying the building. Online postings during the blockade reveal Papik, despite her role as a senior bureaucrat in the Ministry of Public Safety, was busy organizing support for the protesters, including an effort to prevent the Victoria Police from maintaining order and safety.
Asked by the BC Liberals about Papik’s involvement in the blockades, NDP Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth promised to look into the matter – but never reported back.
“First the NDP helped activists occupy the Legislature – and now, a key organizer of these anti-LNG blockades is running for them as a potential candidate,” said Ellis Ross, BC Liberal MLA for Skeena. “The NDP make the right noises about job-creating resource projects – but when push comes to shove, they side with illegal blockades and radical activists.”
Papik’s ties to the NDP run deep. Before joining the public safety ministry, she worked as a political appointee in the Premier’s Office.
“At a time of economic crisis, British Columbians just can’t trust the NDP to deliver prosperity and growth,” Ross added. “The NDP are the party of blockades, protests and chaos. Only Andrew Wilkinson and the BC Liberals can bring our province together and lead an economic recovery for all of BC.”