Provincial New Democrat leader Carole James is going to consult with "concerned business leaders" about how to "combine a forward-looking business climate with a more equitable society." That was one of the major announcement she made at her party's biennial convention. Now I'm not one for criticizing politicians when they say they're going to listen. I think there should be more listening in politics. Bt I've been listening to Ms. James talk about talking with business leaders since at least 2005.
Back then, Ms. James told the Vancouver Board of Trade that, since becoming party leader, she had made it a top priority to "reach out" to British Columbia's business community. She repeated that message a year later, during a speech to the Prince George Chamber of Commerce. And, a year after that, Ms. James told the Mortgage Investment Association she would listen to British Columbia's business leaders if she was elected premier - a message those leader also heard in 2005.
Now it's possible Ms. James wasn't consulting with business leaders when she was reaching out to them. And perhaps her promise to listen to them were condition on the New Democrats winning government? Although, neither excuse would speak well of Ms. James or her party. But, if that's not the case, then Ms. James shouldn't need to do much more talking with business leaders before rolling out her economic plan - unless she hasn't been listening.