Provincial New Democrat legislator Harry Lali said today he hasn't heard any calls for Carole James to resign. Nor does he think the party needs a new leader. In an interview with Public Eye, Mr. Lali said, "If you've heard those calls I haven't. I haven't heard those calls. We just came off actually a great election campaign. I mean, we didn't win government. But I'm not hearing those calls. It's full speed ahead. We'll regroup. And we'll go after the government."
"No. I think we're doing just fine," Mr. Lali continued, when asked if Ms. James should be replaced. "Look at this: you go from oblivion, to 33 to almost winning government."
But almost winning isn't winning. So why didn't the New Democrats succeed in ousting the Liberals? "Low turnout actually kind of hurt us. It was 52 percent - 10 percent down from last year," he explained. "Usually a low turnout the government. But this was different, I think."
And what was the reason for that low voter turnout? "I don't know. I think what it is is the onslaught on our political system and the onslaught on our politicians by the major media outlets is creating this negativity towards politicians and politics in general. So people have this impression we're all the same. And I think it's a total injustice. Because, in my opinion, politics is a noble profession."
"People are not corrupt or crooked. People are actually very honest. And you have to be even more honest because of the conflict of interest and transparency laws. A person not only has to be honest they have to appear to be honest," he continued.
"But big corporations own the big media. And it is in their best interests to get government - all government, all politicians - out of the way so they can have unfettered access to resources. That's what they want. And the only thing standing in their way is government. And government on behalf of the people. That's basically what's protecting your environment and your resources and your human resources. Government is there to regulate so there are no excesses."
"You ask me why there's a law turnout? You see the power of the big media. It creates the apathy," stated Mr. Lali, who recently won re-election in Fraser-Nicola. "It's like the Americanization of Canadian politics, where now people are looking into people's person lives - which has absolutely nothing to do with politics or how well they can do the job unless you're a thief or an axe murderer or something like that. That would be different. But this stuff on Facebook and stuff like that - which individual when they were young hasn't done anything stupid? If people were without sins, they'd be all religious leaders like Rama and Krishna and Muhammad and Jesus."