Earlier, Public Eye reported the British Columbia New Democrat's provincial council will be discussing a proposal that could reduce the number of labour movement delegates at convention. So is that compromise a big win for party leader Carole James? That seems to be the spin twisting around the corridors of the legislature. But that heroic tale has gotten some members of the labour movement a bit hot and heavy. Said one well-placed union insider: "That's not what happened. (British Columbia Federation of Labour leader Jim) Sinclair brokered the deal. Carole couldn't get (the majority report) past convention. So we said, 'First of all, we won't back down. If you think we're going to go to convention and then curl up like a possum it's not going happen. So you sit down and make a deal.' They refused. And it looked like the ship was sailing. And Sinclair pulled it out of the fire. That's what happened. The affiliates have agreed to this. There's no opposition at this point. The affiliates are going to pass (the compromise proposal)."
Added the insider, "I understand wanting to come out and raise the flag and say this is a victory for Carole. And, at the same time, acknowledging there has been fundamental change in the party. But frankly, they were fucked...It's almost a question of audacity. The political staff in Victoria needs to learn that phones aren't just for ordering sushi...They don't seem to know how to talk to people who generally support them."