The leader of the provincial New Democrats has a new spearcarrier. Everyone say hello to Heather Gropp, who became Carole James's executive assistant last Wednesday. The curly-haired Ms. Gropp, who managed Saanich South MLA David Cubberley's last two election campaigns, was first hired by the New Democrats in 1996 as former cabinet minister Andrew Petter's constituency assistant. Three years later, she was working at the Rockpile as a staffer for a number of cabinet ministers, including Mr. Petter, Sue Hammel, Cathy McGregor, Ian Waddel. More recently, Ms. Gropp has been under contract with the party for the past year as an aide to Ms. James.
June 15, 2005