The province's health critic is seriously considering a run at the B.C. NDP leadership after several party members approached her to do so.
"People have approached me (to be leader). I'm giving it some consideration. I owe it to people to do that," Judy Darcy said Thursday.
"It's a serious issue, who leads the party going into this next period."
Darcy was in Kamloops for a town hall meeting on health care Thursday night. She stopped by The Daily News prior, and was asked about her party's leadership and future.
She was on vacation when Dix announced he was stepping down last month. When Darcy returned, there were several emails and phone messages from party members asking if she would run for leader.
"When people approach you, and they want to have a serious discussion about it, I take it seriously," she said.
The NDP went into the May election expecting to lead the province. Instead, the B.C. Liberals won a decisive victory and the New Democrats are in the midst of an extensive party review.
"Clearly there's a lot to learn," she said.
A review committee will report to the party during a convention in Vancouver next month. Darcy expects there will be an extensive discussion about the party's future at that time.
Darcy doesn't believe the NDP's message resonates with enough people whose interests would be best served by the party. She said the party must also have a vision that inspires.
"We're going to be a whole lot better about how we communicate our message. There are a whole lot of ways the party has to modernize what we're doing, modernize how we work," she said.
In the meantime, Darcy is consumed with being MLA for New Westminster and health critic, a subject she's been passionate about since she was national president for CUPE and head of the Hospital Employees' Union.
"I'm loving it," she said.