Bob Simpson may have concerns about Carole James's leadership of the provincial New Democrats but he's in the minority. Oh sure, some MLAs such as Harry Lali or Michael Sather have expressed reservations about Ms. James and her decision to expel Mr. Simpson. But you'd expect that from them, wouldn't you? After all, they're "troublemakers" - having broken ranks with their colleagues before. And besides...even they aren't directly challenging the leader. So Ms. James must enjoy the support of everyone else - or, at the very least, everyone else who counts within caucus. But what if that's not the case?
What if concerns about Ms. James and the winnability of the New Democrats under her leadership are more widespread - stretching across the party's political spectrum? What if there is deep dissatisfaction with Ms. James's decision to expel Mr. Simpson without first consulting caucus? And, if that's the case, what does it say about the state of politics in this province that those MLAs aren't now publicly speaking out in support of the Cariboo North MLA - condemning him to minority status, at least in the eyes of the public.