It seems federal New Democrat patriarch Ed Broadbent has some stern words for provincial party leader Carole James...sortof. In a statement republished in the Dippers' newsletter and distributed to conventioneers, Mr. Broadbent outlines a seven point ethics plan for federal politicos. Point number one: "Democratic accountability should mean no MP can ignore his/her voters for personal gain." Mr. Broadbent, of course, is referring to MPs who "change parties, cross the floor, and become a member of another party without first resigning their seats and running in a by-election." But, a number of delegates are wondering whether that same principle should apply to MLAs who negotiate secretive deals to enrich their own bank accounts?
November 26, 2005