VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – It has been quite the year for Adrian Dix and 2013 could see him go from leader of the Opposition to premier of the province.

In a year-end interview, the NDP boss tells News1130 the key highlight for him was making stops in 80 communities and meeting with ordinary British Columbians, all while sticking to his promise to stay positive and avoid mud-slinging.

“It’s not that we don’t hold the government to account; we do, but I’m respectful of people and I don’t take cheap shots,” he explains. “In contrast, the Liberals have taken a very different approach.”

It’s an approach he thinks will backfire for the governing party. “I think people want to see a change and they’re responding positively to the way we’re doing things.”

His priorities for next year, besides winning the May provincial election? An emphasis on beefing up skills training, something he calls a key issue for the BC economy. “When I meet with people in manufacturing, they will tell you that we could hire people today if we had trained people available.”

Dix is also making no bones about boosting corporate taxes to 2008 levels and taxing banks and other financial institutions, too.