Reaching out to the business community...for money

Last week, provincial New Democrat leader Carole James acknowledged she has been "criticized for reaching out to, and meeting with, B.C.'s business community." But raising money from that community - which provided the occasion for Ms. James's remarks - likely won't endear her to those internal critics. For example, on Sunrise (a listserv frequented by party members) West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country federal New Democrat constituency association vice-president Charles Burns reacted to Friday's party fundraiser this way: "I continue to be appalled at our leader Carole James when the only quest she seems to have is to continue to try and get BC Business Leaders to join and support financially the BC NDP. She seems to have totally forgotten where we come from and what is the BC NDP - It seems the BC NDP is no longer the party of myself and many others." The following is a complete copy of that comment, which was posted on Saturday.

I continue to be appalled at our leader Carole James when the only quest she seems to have is to continue to try and get BC Business Leaders to join and support financially the BC NDP. She seems to have totally forgotten where we come from and what is the BC NDP - It seems the BC NDP is no longer the party of myself and many others. See news release below:

Charles Burns
Sechelt BC

John Wayne and Lady Gaga equal Carole James?
VANCOUVER/CKNW(AM980)
Charmaine de Silva | Email news tips to charmaine.desilva@corusent.com
9/25/2010

What do you get when you cross John Wayne and Lady Gaga? Apparently the answer is Carole James.

The B.C. N.D.P. Leader made the comments during her address to business leaders at a fundraising dinner at Hotel Vancouver.

Carole James says she's been told she's not the flashiest or most charismatic leader in the world,"Really? Not flashy? I have to tell you that was quite a shock to me, I always saw myself as a cross between John Wayne and Lady Gaga, a tough talking cowboy with a flare for the outrageous...no?"

James told the crowd she wants to do business differently.

Business leaders from a number of industries joined party faithful at the 300 dollar a plate dinner.

In her speech, Carole James says a loss of trust in the B.C. Liberals doesn't just mean trust will grow in her party automatically.

James says she will work to unite a divided province,"It would be the easy path to continue on with the old approach, business over there in that room, labour over there in that room, industry on one side, First Nations and environmentalists on another side, that's the easy path."

James also says the H.S.T. referendum needs to be pushed up, to end the uncertainty that hurts B.C. businesses.

I have been criticized for reaching out to, and meeting with, B.C.'s business community....

"Come on Carole, they'll never vote for you. They campaigned against you! That's not the way politics is done in B.C."

I will continue to welcome business to my table, not to earn their vote, but because it's the right thing to do.

1 Comment

Charles Burns and co. are idiots if they think the NDP can progress without broader support. Most people would not support a union-only based party but one that represents the whole constituancy. Mike Harcourt tried and got kicked out. Time for the Liberals to announce their real ideology and call themselves Conservative. If the NDP go backwards there will then be room for a REAL Liberal party.

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