Macdonald comments on resigning as caucus chair

Norm Macdonald has commented on his reasons for resigning as provincial New Democrat caucus chair. In the email sent to friends and supporters, which was exclusively obtained by Public Eye, Mr. Macdonald stated, "The role of caucus chair is to ensure that caucus decisions are made in a principled way, following a proper process. I have decided that I am no longer able to continue in my role of caucus chair given recent events." That suggests his resignation may be more about party leader Carole James's failure to consult with caucus prior to expelling Cariboo North MLA Bob Simpson rather than the expulsion itself. Ms. James presently appears to be espousing a contrary view. Mr. Macdonald added that, over the next week, he'll be "travelling throughout the constituency and we will likely get an opportunity to discuss this situation further." The following is a complete copy of the text of that email.

Dear friends,

This afternoon I released a statement to the media announcing my resignation yesterday as caucus chair. I was elected chair in June of 2009.

The role of caucus chair is to ensure that caucus decisions are made in a principled way, following a proper process.

I have decided that I am no longer able to continue in my role of caucus chair given recent events.

I will continue to focus my energies on representing my constituents as a member of the NDP caucus and on being a strong critic of the current government.

Over the next week, I will be travelling throughout the constituency and we will likely get an opportunity to discuss this situation further.

I have appreciated your support over the years and I thank you again for being given this chance to serve as your MLA.

Sincerely,

Norm Macdonald

2 Comments

"The role of caucus chair is to ensure that caucus decisions are made in a "principled" way, following a "proper" process."
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Reading between the lines, it appears as if MacDonald is saying that James' decision to expel Simpson from caucus was neither "principled" nor "proper". Ouch.

C'mon Scott, quite possible some members of caucus are not acting principled nor proper.

Bob Simpson clearly did not understand what it means to be a member of a caucus. His supporters don't get it either. You get to thrash out your differences inside of Caucus meetings, and if you don't get your own way, too bad. You leave caucus meeting presenting a united front.

Carol James had every right to do what she did.

So, while Rome burns, Simpson supporters fiddle.

Shame on them.

The real issues are the HST and Campbell government agenda.

Get over it and get on with it.

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