Professional radical feminist Donna Cameron, provincial New Democrat leader Carole James' assistant and travelling companion, may be sidelined before the next election say party bosses and advisors. Ms. Cameron, who ran Ms. James' leadership campaign, gained a reputation while the New Democrats were in government for alienating fellow ministerial assistants with her blunt-instrument management style. And now she's succeeded in doing the same to some Opposition caucus and party staff members. Another more minor irritant: Ms. Cameron records Ms. James's interviews with a pen rather than a microphone. Of course, there's no guarantee all that will be enough to move Ms. Cameron aside. After all, Ms. James has shown an enormous amount of attachment to her assistant.
May 24, 2004