Earlier this morning, provincial New Democrat leader Carole James issued a statement saying the "NDP Caucus has now had an opportunity to carefully consider the report of the independent panel on MLA compensation. And we thank the authors for their detailed proposals. The NDP Caucus does not accept the report's recommendations. We feel that they are out of step with what is acceptable to British Columbians. MLA compensation is a difficult and complex issue. But any further consideration of the matter is not a high priority for the NDP Caucus at this time." Fair enough. But could it be that some New Democrat legislators aren't, in fact, in agreement with that final sentence? Could it be some of them were less than pleased when their leader took the question of MLA compensation off the agenda? Asked specifically by Public Eye if that position had been endorsed by caucus, Ms. James said, "We have had a good discussion. We put together our position last night. And that's our position as caucus."
May 2, 2007