At the Victoria-Hillside provincial New Democrat nomination meeting, party leader Carole James said she believes the "politicians of British Columbia have a choice. We can exploit the divisions that naturally exist in our province or we can bridge them. Mr. Campbell believes in burning bridges and I plan to build those bridges." It's a message she delivered many times before. But, increasingly, it seems many of her supporters don't think that promise should include spanning the widening gulf that exists between Ms. James' party and the Liberals - unfortunate, since it is this gap which many British Columbians are really concerned about.
For example, during the same meeting, the chair Bruce Partridge described Premier Gordon Campbell as "evil" and then went onto say he wouldn't mention sitting MLA Sheila Orr's name because "I don't want to pollute the place." Ouch. Of course, Mr. Partridge isn't the only New Democrat with an acid tongue. Attacks of this kind are par for the course during an election year. And the Grits will do their own share of name-calling, as they have in the past. But the vitirol behind the New Democrat's rhetoric could make it increasingly difficult for Ms. James to continue selling herself as the great conciliator, opening up a possible angle of attack for the Liberals.