Last night, the provincial New Democrat constituency association in Fraser-Nicola approved resolutions calling for Cariboo North MLA Bob Simpson's reinstatement to caucus and a leadership convention in 2011, Public Eye has exclusively learned. The association's new president Joyce Beddow said those resolutions came from the floor during its annual general meeting. In a separate interview, her predecessor Terry Scheitel - speaking on his own behalf - explained, "I think Carole James is doing a disservice to the party hanging in there without having gone to the membership."
"We kept expecting her to resign or to announce a leadership review (after failing to win the last election). And, all of a sudden, next thing you know she's going to be the leader in the next election. So I think the Bob Simpson issue is just a symptom of all that," he continued.
Ms. James expelled Mr. Simpson from caucus for penning an op-ed criticizing her speech to the Union of British Columbia Municipalities annual general meeting.
Ms. Beddow added that she's heard "quite a few" other constituency associations will be bringing forward resolutions in support of the Cariboo North MLA. Those resolutions will be debated at the party's provincial council meeting on November 20.
Fraser-Nicola is presently represented by New Democrat legislator Harry Lali.