The "new tone in the legislature" may have received plaudits from some pundits. But others are concerned provincial New Democrat leader Carole James's cooperative approach has hampered the Opposition in its efforts to hold the Campbell administration to account. And, on Saturday, Yale-Lilooet MLA Harry Lali seemed to give voice to some of those concerns. Speaking at the New Democrat's Interior-Okanagan community conference in Merritt, Mr. Lali delivered a barnstorming speech in which he told attendees the party "ought to be out there pushing back much harder against the Liberals." This, according a report from one audience member. The member also paraphrased Mr. Lali as saying, "New Democrats are not Liberals or Conservatives. And they should quit pretending to be. New Democrats are social democrats. And it's about bloody time we started acting like it." The three-day conference featured 14 MLAs and attracted around 175 supporters.
October 23, 2006