On Tuesday, we exclusively told you the British Columbia New Democrat provincial executive had designated 15 constituencies as affirmative action ridings. At the time, party president Jeff Fox acknowledged some constituency associations had expressed concern about that designation. But he said, "I think we're in pretty good shape on the issue" adding that all of those association "are moving forward." So it comes as a surprise to see The Daily News's Cam Fortems paraphrase Kamloops-South Thompson riding president Michael Fane as saying "talks are ongoing with party headquarters and nothing is settled." Indeed, Mr. Fane doesn't seem to much of a fan of the affirmative action initiative, stating "To be perfectly frank, I think the system requires we have the best candidate, without regard to anything. The system works best when everyone who wants to play, gets to play."
September 12, 2008