Turning a new page

A former provincial New Democrat constituency association president has circulated an email urging Carole James to resign so there can be a leadership race. "Many of my friends have already voted with their feet and their wallets," stated Laurie Page, who was once the party's top official in Nelson-Creston. "They have discontinued their memberships and their donations because they are uninspired by our leader."

As a result, Ms. Page is encouraging party members to write to Ms. James and ask her to step aside - something the former constituency association president has already done.

"Some folks are afraid of starting a revolution without knowing who the next
leader will be," Ms. Page acknowledged.

But she's urged the grassroots to set aside those fears and "imagine progressives being united and inspired by the dialogue; by the process; and by an articulate and visionary leader."

"I believe that having a leadership race will create the optimism and energy
we need to carry forward our vision," she continued. "I hope that Carole comes to realize this too."

The following is a complete copy of that email.

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Dear friends, fellow BC NDP supporters and former supporters:

Happy New Year!

Wow! A new decade! What do we have to look forward to in the New Year? Where is the room for optimism? How about. a leadership race for BC's New Democrats!?

Imagine what would happen if Carole James were to resign. Imagine having a leadership contest where candidates toured the province talking about their vision for the future and engaging progressive people in the dialogue. Imagine having passionate and open discussions about real issues and values.

Imagine a leadership election where every single member of the NDP could vote (as the constitution now mandates). Imagine progressives being united and inspired by the dialogue; by the process; and by an articulate and visionary leader.

Democracy is a wonderful thing. We should never discount the value of our votes, wherever we may use them. However, it has been 6 long years since we elected our leader. It amazes me that there can be such widespread unhappiness with the Party Leader and yet there has been no opportunity for us to vote for change.

It occurs to me that democracy is not just about votes: it's about voice too.

Many of my friends have already voted with their feet and their wallets. They have discontinued their memberships and their donations because they are uninspired by our leader. If you are one of those people, I am inviting you to make your voice heard. Write to your nearest NDP MLA, to your constituency executive, and to Carole herself. Tell them what you think.

Perhaps reassure them that your donations will resume when Carole resigns. (That's what I say every time the BC NDP asks me for money) They cannot know what grassroots folks are thinking if we don't tell them.

Speaking up is a sign of hope, and comes from loyalty to our common values. I have written to Carole, myself, asking her to resign. I have copied the letter to all of the MLA's that I have met. Now I am writing to you. I consider this a moral imperative: a duty to democracy.

Some folks are afraid of starting a revolution without knowing who the next leader will be. Just set aside your fears. I guarantee you that good people will step forward. But let's not put the cart before the horse. We first need the leadership campaign in order to have the conversation about where we are going in this century. We should choose the leader who can best articulate a vision for these very challenging times, after we have the conversation.

I believe that having a leadership race will create the optimism and energy we need to carry forward our vision. I hope that Carole comes to realize this too.

In solidarity,

Laurie Page
Loyal New Democrat and former Nelson Creston NDP president

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