These are the Daves we know

Earlier, we broke the news David Perry, the chief of staff to provincial New Democrat leader Carole James, had resigned. And now the party has made it official. In a media advisory, Ms. James states "before I took my holidays, David told me of his decision, advising me then that he intends to pursue other career options. I want to offer my thanks to David for the service he provided me for the last two years and the NDP caucus for the last five years." The following is a complete copy of that advisory.

MEDIA ADVISORY

Earlier today, New Democrat Opposition Leader Carole James sent the following note to MLAs and Staff.

Please be advised of the following changes in my office.

David Perry has resigned his position as chief of staff effective August 24. Before I took my holidays, David told me of his decision, advising me then that he intends to pursue other career options. I want to offer my thanks to David for the service he provided me for the last two years and the NDP caucus for the last five years.

David first came to the NDP caucus in 2002, supporting both Joy MacPhail and Jenny Kwan and later Jagrup Brar in their giant effort to sustain an opposition in the face of overwhelming odds. His contribution to the rebuilding of the NDP Caucus organization over the past two years continued on in that spirit of commitment to our Party and its goals.

Building an organizational structure from scratch is not an easy task. The demands were huge and the hours long. But David always did the job with humour, grace and skill, helping to put together an effective opposition caucus and staff team in a very short period of time. I think, especially in this last year and this last session, we've seen how successful this rebuilding exercise has been.

I am very pleased to announce that Ian Reid is my new Chief of Staff. Ian brings years of experience to his new role. He has served as a policy advisor to government, managed numerous political campaigns, and is well-known for both his political and strategic skills.

As the NDP moves onto election footing, Ian's experience and ability will be an invaluable asset to me and to my caucus. And I know that everyone in the NDP caucus is very excited about his new role and we are all looking forward to working with him

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The NDP continues to lose high quality talent from the stable and Mr. Perry's departure is another example of poor management. For those on the outside looking in - It looks a lot like the NDP of the 90's. (In fact, if you look at staff and advisors, it is) Unless caucus stands up and says that they do not want to be demolished like they were, (2 MLA's) the downward spiral will continue and the BC Liberals will prove to be (yet again) the only viable choice.

Carole James was secretly in support of this hiring but did not want to taint or prejudice any other hirings which may come, even though she openly supports those now.....oops!

She should be replaced with Bob Skelly.

He'd be a definite improvement.

Pathetic.

The fact the Carole (Mother Teresa) hires a new E/A with a bit-of-balls is lost because with Carole it's really . . . "like taking Mother Teresa to a Gunfight".

I have never understood why some people spend so much time arguing about who the politicians' assistants are.

Oops, ... I forgot. Being a politician's assistant or associated pundit is a lifetime career choice for some people, and they view politics as a source of employment, not as a public service.

I sense some hostility Budd. Is there anything you need to share with the rest of the class?

One down, one more to go. The last step is to make Adrian Dix leader. He's smarter, more strategic and stronger than Carole could ever dream of being.

In fact, I got five bucks that says Dix takes us into the next election.

Despite all the rumblings, lets not forget the score from the last election:

http://www.elections.bc.ca/elections/ge2005/fresults/finalresults.htm

I am not going to speak alot of time analyzing the above, but I believe the NDP only lost by 2500 votes or there abouts!

Look at some key ridings like Lorne and Harry Bloy, and other Burnaby ridings where they only won by the skin of their teeth. All you have to do is post 7, or so, seats the other way, and bang!, the NDP wins.

Dont forget that Gordo almost burned his own house down by being cheap with the staff at the Liberal party call center. Ask anybody involved what happened on election day as a result of Gordo not
wanting to pay 3% vacation pay!!!

"I sense some hostility Budd. Is there anything you need to share with the rest of the class?"

I am quite hostile to people who want to rehash the NDP leadership solely because they have ambitions of their own that just can't wait. I find it hard to take, especially given the party's divisive history ever since the 1969 convention.

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