Look! There's an elephant in the room!

It seems like the provincial New Democrats at the party's Burnaby mothership are having a bit of fun with history. In a news release posted on the party's Website over the weekend, the hiveminders announced, "Media commentator and non-profit director Adrian Dix was nominated as the candidate for Vancouver-Kingsway at a meeting attended by nearly 800 members Sunday afternoon." Hmmm...media commentator and non-profit director eh? It seems something is missing from that description. Could it be the fact that Mr. Dix previously worked as Premier Glen Clark's chief of staff! Don't worry guys, your secret is safe with Public Eye. Because we're pretty sure no one else in the media is aware of Mr. Dix's past life.

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"Through her actions NDP leader Carole James is redefining the NDP." - David Schreck, Strategic Thoughts.com

So let me get this straight - the NDP actors are Carole James as Dorothy - David Schreck as the Wizard and Adrian Dix as Toto? So who's the scarecrow? Please provide suggestions!

Well, it's a little silly, but we'll see what happens when the NDP puts up the full biographies (or fuller anyway) of candidates. Mr. Dix's website touts his days as Glen Clark's Chief of Staff, so he certainly isn't trying to hide his past.

So what exactly is Carole James doing to redefine the NDP, other than to redefine them as the same-old same-old. When will they get their head out of the sand?

If you check on Alanis Morissette's bio there is no mention of her ever being a "disco-diva" in the 1980's. Does this make her any less popular or attractive to her current fans? Not at all. She is singing a different tune now. Maybe the same thing is true of Adrian Dix; is he singing a different tune now?

The speaker of the house is Claude Richmond, a former Socred. He was reelected as a BC Lib. Just another political reincarnation; it happens all the time.

I have to sit back and laugh a bit here. It seems some people are somewhat confused about how nominations work. See, unlike the Federal Liberals, the provincial NDP hold something called nominating meetings. And those members who live in those ridings, can run for or vote for people at the nomination. The leader has virtually NOTHING to do with it.

It's called constituency democracy. Something that Paul Martin could learn a thing or 2 about. But in all fairness, the leader of a party does have the right to void someone's nomination. For example, if someone were so utterly contrary to everything the NDP stood for, went against all party policy and the grassroots belief of the party, and in spite of all that heinousness, still managed to win the nomination, through a mass sign up, one would expect that his/her papers would be yanked. But then again, that's the fun with mass sign ups.

The cocept of constituency democracy is lost on some people. Thanks for the explanation Kegler! Can we forward this to Paul Martin?

Kegler take your rose coloured NDP glasses off for once. NDP party HQ has cancelled local nomination meetings because they didn't think they were going to like the outcome. They have chosen not to cancel other meetings where similar shenanigans were occurring because they thought they would like the outcome.

This kind of stuff happens. Some manipulation always occurs to ensure that more electable candidates win nominations and less electable candidates don't. You can call that a lack of democracy or you can call it a triumph of sensibility over the ego of those who insist on seeking nominations when they have no hope in hell of winning the seat.

hmm, and I thought the D in NDP stood for Democratic.

Well. just ask Kevin Falcon how he was nominated so you can get a grip on fiberal democracy.

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