Next weekend, provincial New Democrat party officials will discuss proposals that could put their leader out of a job. At least five constituency associations have drafted resolutions calling for a leadership convention in 2011. Working to put down that uprising is the party's apparatus and its commitment to solidarity forever. Which means it's highly unlikely those resolutions will pass. But it's also highly likely concerns about Carole James will remain.
After seven years, judgements have been made about her leadership - judgements Ms. James has been unable to change. So now that those complaints have been aired, I can't see the party being able to bury them.
So what does Mr. James do? Limp along until the 2013 election, hamstrung by party members who will continue to speak out against her, close their wallets or sit on their hands. It is an untenable situation for any party leader to be in, causing me to wonder how Ms. James will get out of it.