This afternoon, CHNL reported "It appears now there's a split within the NDP on the issue of a MLA pay increase of up to 29 percent. While party leader Carole James has said the party will reject the legislation, the outspoken MLA for Yale-Lillooet Harry Lali says he intends to support the measures." Mr. Lali was clipped as saying, "I'm not going to be a hypocrit and speak in favour of a pension plan and a pay raise for MLAs and ask for an independent panel and then go into the house and vote against it. I am in support of this package that the independent panel has put forward. And so when I go into the legislature I will be supporting it." Needless to say, more than a few New Democrat legislators are steamed at Mr. Lali. And there's been some suggestions he could lose his post as deputy caucus chair - or even be kicked out of caucus.
May 3, 2007