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PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 6:17 pm
 


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B.C. New Democrat Leader Carole James angrily challenged dissidents within her own caucus Friday to drop their beefs about her leadership for the sake of the party and the province.

James, who is facing opposition at party council meetings this weekend, took another blow Friday with the resignation of her caucus whip. But the NDP leader said she won't back down without a fight.

She suggested she will rethink her future as leader after the meetings, which will include a vote on several motions that question her performance.

"Our party has done this before and somebody has to stand up and say enough, and that's what I'm doing. I'm saying enough," said James, who admitted being angry about the turmoil that has enveloped the New Democrats even as the governing Liberals face their own division.

Liberal Premier Gordon Campbell is resigning over the disastrous introduction of the harmonized sales tax, forcing the party into a leadership vote on Feb. 26. Yet the New Democrats have been unable to capitalize on the Liberal disarray.

Kootenay MLAs step down
James said the NDP must stop its in-fighting.

"Do they want to continue to tear each other apart?" James told reporters. "The public of British Columbia must be scratching their head about politics right now. They must be wondering about what is going on."

James made the comments after MLA Katrine Conroy announced she was resigning as caucus whip after five years in the post.

Conroy would not fully discuss the reasons for her resignation other than saying, "I feel I no longer have the support of the leader and the caucus."

The Kootenay West MLA joins fellow Kootenay New Democrat Norm Macdonald, who resigned as caucus chairman over James's decision to expel caucus member Bob Simpson for critical comments he made about her leadership.

Conroy said she tried for six weeks to find a way to bring Simpson back into the NDP fold.

Kwan not voicing support
Three New Democrats — Jenny Kwan, Lana Popham and Claire Trevena — attended Conroy's press conference in support of her. Kwan and Popham would not declare their support for James as leader.

"Events will unfold as they will," said Kwan, a high-profile Vancouver MLA.

Popham said she regretted that Simpson was no longer part of the NDP caucus.

James ejected Simpson from the party caucus after he publicly criticized her speech to municipal leaders at a provincial convention in Whistler. Simpson followed up his criticisms with comments about James's leadership, saying she doesn't appear to have what it takes to be premier.

Other New Democrats said Friday the Simpson matter is still a burning issue within caucus.

B.C. NDP MLA Katrine Conroy resigned unexpectedly as caucus whip Friday after five years in the post. (CBC)
Robin Austin, MLA for Skeena, said the matter is unresolved and he would not state whether he supports James's continued leadership.

"I'm not going to comment on whether there's a rebellion," he said.

Vancouver Island New Democrat Doug Routley also declined to comment on James's leadership. Routley's constituency association, however, has voted in favour of a full leadership convention at the party's convention next November.

The NDP leader did get a boost earlier Friday when several party stalwarts, including former premier Mike Harcourt and party firebrand Joy MacPhail, issued an open letter of support. New Democrats Shane Simpson, John Horgan, Raj Chouhan, Kathy Corrigan and Harry Bains also voiced support.

"Some of my colleagues need to look at their poli science 101 books and reflect on the future of the NDP," said Horgan. "I support Carole James."


http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2010/11/19/bc-ndp-james-dissidents.html

Only the provincial NDP under Carole James could threaten to wrench defeat from the jaws of victory.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 7:13 pm
 


Could be good news.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 8:00 pm
 


It's pretty terrible news though.


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Mr_Canada Mr_Canada:
It's pretty terrible news though.


Well, we'll just have to agree to disagree on that.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 10:00 pm
 


This is freakin priceless. The Liberals are going down the toilet faster than a teflon turd and here we have the NDP trying to follow suit.

Only in BC politics. [B-o]


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Freakinoldguy Freakinoldguy:
This is freakin priceless. The Liberals are going down the toilet faster than a teflon turd and here we have the NDP trying to follow suit.

Only in BC politics. [B-o]


It really makes no sense. Premiere Van der Zalm could be a reality again soon.


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sandorski sandorski:
Freakinoldguy Freakinoldguy:
This is freakin priceless. The Liberals are going down the toilet faster than a teflon turd and here we have the NDP trying to follow suit.

Only in BC politics. [B-o]


It really makes no sense. Premiere Van der Zalm could be a reality again soon.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 11:15 pm
 


Van der Zombies unite!


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sandorski sandorski:
Freakinoldguy Freakinoldguy:
This is freakin priceless. The Liberals are going down the toilet faster than a teflon turd and here we have the NDP trying to follow suit.

Only in BC politics. [B-o]


It really makes no sense. Premiere Van der Zalm could be a reality again soon.



I don't think he wants to be Premier again. I can't help but get the feeling that he'd rather be the power behind the throne, much like our beloved Gordo is planning upon his untimely demise.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 20, 2010 6:57 pm
 


You can put lipstick on a pig but...she's STILL Carole James!


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 20, 2010 7:10 pm
 


The problem is if not Carole James, who. There's no obvious contender in the NDP wings. I was hoping Dianne Watts would go for it. Carol Taylor is our last hope, or we're either going to get Keven Falcon (makes Campbell look like a commie) or Carol James.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 20, 2010 7:28 pm
 


You're going to get Carole James.
There will be no NDP leadership review, had almost no support. 90% of the people whining about her aren't even NDP.
For $200 I'll let them run my dog as a Liberal candidate. He only poops on the carpet.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 21, 2010 10:34 am
 


Another lefty pissed off at those who don't support her 100%. So much for free thinking in the NDP. :lol:


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2Cdo 2Cdo:
Another lefty pissed off at those who don't support her 100%. So much for free thinking in the NDP. :lol:


Yep, unlike that champion of free speech in caucus, Stephen Harper. (Or Gordo, but he's irrelevant now). Reformacon - 100% open minded, because it's just an empty cavity up there anyway.


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2Cdo 2Cdo:
Another lefty pissed off at those who don't support her 100%. So much for free thinking in the NDP. :lol:

When was the last time you heard of a party leader from ANY party who was a fan of open dissent within the ranks?


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