Much discussion at yesterday's New Democrat provincial council meeting concerning the party's future relationship with labour. And, according to our operatives, that discussion didn't go especially well for the reformers. Porkchoppers and their backers controlled the microphone during much of the meeting, speaking passionately and sometimes incoherently against the recommendations contained in the affiliation committee's majority report. An example: your humble organ had no idea the pyramids of Egypt were built by trade unionists. Nor do we understand what that "fact" has to do with a debate about affiliation. But it was mentioned at the meeting.
Meanwhile, reformers were somewhat surprised neither party leader Carole James nor any of the 18 or so caucus members who attended provincial council spoke in favour of the majority report recommendations. And there is some discussion that, if Ms. James wants to modernize the New Democrat's relationship with the labour movement, she should take responsibility for stickhandling that putsch away from legislative staff and into the hands of those who actually know how run a ground campaign. A final decision on whether to send the majority committee's recommendations to the convention floor has been postponed until October 21.