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Five selected to review NDP election loss

A law student, a teachers' union representative, a sitting MP, a former COPE president and a Manitoban will make up the five-person panel tasked with reviewing the BC NDP's surprising defeat in the 2013 provincial election.

In a vote last night, the party's executive selected the three men and two women.

They are:

Eugene Kostyra, former Manitoba cabinet minister and senior advisor to Premier Gary Doer.

Cindy Oliver, president of the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of BC.

Andy Ross, former president of Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union Local 378.

Pam Sihota, law student based in Terrace, BC.

Jinny Sims, Member of Parliament for Newton-North Delta.

NDP leader Adrian Dix ordered a review of his party's campaign performance after being soundly beat by the Liberals in May, despite pollsters predicting an NDP win in the months and weeks leading up to election day.

The NDP dropped in its share of the popular vote, compared to 2009, and lost seats in what had been considered fairly safe ridings.

The reviewers' demographic makeup is in keeping with the campaign review terms of reference, which stipulated inclusion of at least one woman and representation from labour.

Those terms of reference outline a broad mandate for the panel, which include determining the reasons for the loss and recommending strategies for success in 2017.

The panel is required to report to the NDP provincial executive in time for the 2013 convention, which is expected to take place this fall.

Colleen Kimmett is a senior editor at The Tyee.

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