The Liberal's decision to support a controversial pay hike and pension plan for provincial legislators presents New Democrat leader Carole James with an unprecedented opportunity. If she can ensure all caucus members opt out of that compensation package (presuming such a provision exists), Ms. James will be able to accuse the Campbell administration of being both sleazy and greedy - something that could win her the next election. But do New Democrats understand that opportunity? And, if not, does Ms. James have the political capital to make them understand? The answer may be no to both questions. And the fact Ms. James is out of the legislature today, speaking to the North Central Municipal Association, might not help her cause. After all, some caucus members are still smarting from the fact she jetted to Saskatchewan during the last pay raise fiasco, where she was scheduled to speak at the New Democrat's seventieth annual convention in that province.
May 3, 2007