Last week, provincial New Democrat legislator Harry Lali ate crow for telling CHNL he would support the controversial recommendations made by the independent panel on MLA compensation. "This was a statement that contradicted the consensus position arrived at by the NDP Caucus and Leader Carole James last Tuesday," said Mr. Lali. "I also stated publicly that I would be supporting legislation that the Campbell Liberals have indicated will be introduced in coming days. My public statement also contradicted the caucus agreement to await the legislation in order to review it before collectively arriving at a decision regarding a response. As I have a great deal of respect for my caucus colleagues I want to sincerely apologize to them for breaking this agreement and offending them." But will Mr. Lali also be forced to resign as the New Democrat's deputy caucus chair? Because what some members want him to do, suggesting the Yale-Lillooet legislator should be suspended from caucus if he doesn't step aside.
May 7, 2007