Last year, we noted not every provincial New Democrat seemed pleased with the party's decision to designate 15 constituencies as affirmative action ridings. And the controversy over the policy continues: according to the Oliver Chronicle's John Harding, on March 11, Boundary-Similkameen party nomination hopeful Lakvinder Jhaj told an all-candidates meeting that the policy "another form of racism. If I agree with this, then I'm saying racism is okay." A day later, she phoned the Oliver Chronicle to "take the comment back. It probably came out wrong. I don't believe the NDP policy is racist. I do apologize for any misunderstanding or offence that might have been taken by these comments." This, after receiving a call from New Democrat headquarters.
March 24, 2009