This weekend's provincial New Democrat biennial convention is the last the party will have until after the next election. But it doesn't seem cardholders are clamoring to attend the proceedings. Officials are expecting 600 to 650 members to come to convention. By comparison, in 2005, a total of 803 New Democrats showed up. Asked about the matter, party leader Carole James said, "The delegates are about the same number as we see between elections. You always see a bump up when you're looking at election time. And it's the same with membership. You always see a bump up at nomination time when it gets close to the election. So this is about comparable to what we've seen in other years between elections."
November 17, 2007