Earlier, your humble organ reported the British Columbia New Democrat's women's rights committee was pushing for the adoption of a party harassment policy that would apply to "issues of race, politics, religion, sexual orientation, physical or mental abilities as well as sexual harassment." And what happened to that policy when it was discussed at provincial council, you might ask? Well, according to our operatives, the motion looked like it would be rubber stamped. The provincial executive passed a motion of concurrence. And representives from the women's committee spoke in favour of the motion. But, just as a vote was about to be called, something happened - Port Coquitlam-Burke Mountain delegate and former federal election candidate Charlie King opened his mouth.
Stepping up the microphone, Mr. King slammed the motion on the grounds that party staff shouldn't be responsible for the enforcement of that policy. Human resources experts should. A back and forth debate followed. And then party treasurer Cheryl Hewitt moved the motion be referred to the constitutional and party affairs committee for further debate rather than passed. A standing vote was held. And council narrowly approved the referal - with cries of shame echoing in the background.