The backroom brawl over the labour movement's relationship with the British Columbia New Democrats continues: earlier, we reported an internal committee had recommended reducing the number of voting delegates unions can send to party conventions - where NDP leaders are selected and policy made. That recommendation has been met with a strong dose of push back from British Columbia Federation of Labour, Canadian Union of Public Employees and United Steelworkers of America representatives. And now, Public Eye has learned North Island New Democrats are recommending a convention vote on the matter be delayed until 2007. That motion will be coming up for debate this weekend at the party's provincial council meeting. Rumours abound the council may also discuss a last-minute compromise proposal recommending the New Democrats vote on adopting the so-called federal model of union affiliation. If approved, that proposal would likely be considered a major victory for labour movement members opposing de-affiliation.
Received on October 3, 2005
Submitted by North Island Constituency Association
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the North Island NDP recommend to Provincial Council that the Affiliation Committee Report be referred to a new committee that will solicit views from all constituencies in BC and bring forward their complete findings to the 2007 Convention.