British Columbia Young New Democrat co-chair Mike Palecek (whose predecessor, Miriam Martin, is also his partner) has written a fascinating (read: very damaging) article on party leader Carole James. That article ran in this month's edition of L'Humanite, a magazine published by the New Democrats' very own communist cell (which goes by the same name). In it, Mr. Palecek accuses Ms. James of having come "to power without a platform. She said nothing concrete in her campaign for leader and clearly had no real plan for how to move forward."
"This is precisely why the party brass rallied around her and got her elected. Each of the four leading candidates represented a different section of the party...Carole James was an empty smile" - perhaps explaining the most recent Mustel Research Group Ltd. poll showing 55 percent of British Columbians remain undecided about Ms. James (a five percentage point jump since August).
Mr. Palecek, who is a regular contributor to L'Humanite (which was recently renamed Fightback), then goes on to ask "Why would the leaders of the labour movement and the NDP be so eager to back someone with no real political direction? It is all very simple. They wanted someone pliable. They needed a leader that they could control; that is, a leader that wouldn't lead. And this is precisely what they found in Carole James."
The Liberals couldn't have said it any better.