Earlier, we reported provincial New Democrat MLAs would be gathering for a two-day retreat at "the only sound proofed luxury hotel" near the Vancouver International Airport - an ideal location, it would seem, to discuss caucus's recent performance during the spring legislative session. Also on the agenda: a polling presentation by policy director Ian Reid showing the party at 40 percent in the polls. That's still five percentage points behind the Liberals. But better than the New Democrats performed in a recent poll released by the Mustel Research Group Ltd. Party leader Carole James also laid out four themes that would be guiding caucus in the future. And former deputy minister John Heaney delivered a presentation on how to do opposition research. Meanwhile, in related news, a rumoured caucus staff shakeup in advance of that retreat did not happen. Nor were personnel issues discussed at that meeting, as some had expected.
May 30, 2006