Last month, in an interview with Public Eye, provincial New Democrat legislator Harry Lali described his party as having run a "great election campaign" - blaming low voter turnout and the media for their failure to win government. But, in an interview this morning, CHNL's Jim Harrison asked Mr. Lali whether the New Democrats lost because they ran a campaign that was too negative. The response: "I think there's some truth to that. But, at the end of the day, Gordon Campbell did not win the election. The Liberals didn't win the election. We New Democrats, we lost the election. It was ours for the winning. And we didn't win it. And I think we really need to do a hardcore assessment as to why we lost the election. And I think we need to do a rethinking as well."
"Because, when it came down to it," he continued, "the environmental community and the organized labour community - and I'm not talking about the folks at the executive level, I'm talking about the rank-and-file - these are the people that always come out to support the NDP at election times. They were nowhere to be seen in terms of the workers and volunteers we needed - whether it was in Fraser-Nicola or any other constituency across the province. And you have to ask yourself why is it - why didn't environmentalists come out to support the NDP and why didn't the rank-and-file of the union movement except for HEU and Steelworkers?"
"I think one of the things is, in an effort to try to actually move it to the middle ground of the political spectrum, we're neglecting our left," explained Mr. Lali. "Yes, we need to expand our universe and include small business...But we can't forget our basic principles of the social democratic movement. And I think that's what's been happening over the last decade or so."