Looks like there has been a major upset in the provincial New Democrat hierarchy. According to our operatives, during yesterday's long-awaited caucus officer elections, Yale-Lillooet MLA Harry Lali succeeded in beating out Maurine Karagianis and Gregor Robertson for the post of deputy caucus chair. That victory could be seen as a signal that a majority of New Democrats legislators are dissatisfied with the status quo and its standard bearers. Meanwhile, we're told Raj Chouhan's candidacy to be deputy whip was thwarted by Coquitlam-Maillardville MLA and certified no-bullshit artist Diane Thorne. The incumbents who previously held those offices - Jagrup Brar and John Horgan - didn't run for re-election.
February 15, 2006