Former provincial New Democrat cabinet minister and freelance columnist Paul Ramsey is doing a lot more than just writing about British Columbia politics these days. In an interview with Public Eye, Mr. Ramsey, a moderate, confirmed rumours that he and former party president Maura Parte have been appointed as the first two members of the New Democrat's platform committee. That committee will be responsible for penning the party's election platform.
Mr. Ramsey was asked to join last month by New Democrat president Jeff Fox and party leader Carole James. Mr. Ramsey and Ms. Parte will be responsible for recruiting other committee members but their selections will have to be approve by the party's provincial executive. No word on how many or who will sit on the commitee, but former cabinet minister Andrew Petter and ex-premier Mike Harcourt's names have been mentioned by insiders. Mr. Ramsey's appointment is a strong indication the New Democrats will be running from the centre during the next election.
Ms. Parte, who was also formerly the British Columbia chairwoman for the Canadian Federation of Students, is one-half of the New Democrat power couple that includes Victoria city councillor Rob Fleming. Mr. Fleming is currently seeking the party's nomination in Victoria-Hillside. He's carrying the moderate banner against former MLA Steve Orcherton, whose nomination papers were approved by the party earlier this week.