Today, Public Eye opined in the Times Colonist that British Columbians want to be reassured provincial New Democrat leader Carole James isn't a union puppet before they give her party another chance at government. But she also needs to reassure those voters her New Democrats aren't the same as the old New Democrats. And, according to insiders, she had an opportunity to do that last week.
When Adrian Dix, Premier Glen Clark's right-hand man, announced he would be seeking the party nomination in Vancouver-Kingsway, Ms. James could have let it be known she would have some difficulty signing his nomination papers. But, instead, she told CKNW, "It's not up to the leader to make a choice around who's going to represent that community. It's the community who will make that decision. I don't parachute candidates in. People will make that choice. And they'll ask the right questions." Another missed Sister Soulojha moment?